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April 3, 1954

HOW BAD IS THE DISTRIBUTION OF PHYSICIANS?

JAMA. 1954;154(14):1209-1211. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02940480061026d

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Abstract

At your meeting three years ago, I discussed the supply of physicians' services and made some references to our study of the distribution of physicians by medical service areas. This study, started in 1947, is nearing completion and should be published in April of this year as Bulletin 94, "Distribution of Physicians by Medical Service Areas." In this paper I will present a brief sketch of the two score conclusions of this study.

In a sense, this paper is an extension of the one I gave three years ago, which was published in The Journal (145: 1260 [April 21] 1951). Some of you may recall that I featured my home county—Pike County, Illinois. The number of physicians in that county declined from 42 to 16 in a generation, and the population decreased from 27,000 in 1920 to 22,000 in 1950. Yet this smaller number of physicians today is providing more

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