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April 3, 1954


JAMA. 1954;154(14):1181. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940480033012

Elsewhere in this issue (page 1209) is a brief preview of a forthcoming report1 on the distribution of physicians by medical service areas by the Bureau of Medical Economic Research of the American Medical Association. This report effectively sets at rest so many rumors regarding the distribution of physicians in the United States and throws so much light on the so-called national short-age of physicians that it may have an impact in its field comparable to that of the Flexner investigation of medical education of 1910. The report, which will be published this spring, presents in very great detail the results of a seven-year search by the Bureau of Medical Economic Research, aided by the staffs of the state medical societies, into every county and town of the United States for the purpose of determining the distribution of physicians in relation to the persons whom they serve. It was

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