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October 16, 1954


JAMA. 1954;156(7):723. doi:10.1001/jama.1954.02950070051013

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The making of electrical transcriptions for radio programs by local medical societies was begun at American Medical Association headquarters in 1943. Previously, the Bureau of Health Education had collected radio scripts from local medical societies and after editing redistributed them for subsequent use in areas where they had not been used. The wartime shortage of physicians spurred the demand for transcribed programs for local medical societies. The first electrical transcriptions were keyed to the medical shortage by the choice of topics under the heading "What to Do Before the Doctor Comes." These were broadcast from Chicago and transcribed "off the line." Additional series were added, and ultimately some of the older series were dropped. A total of 42 series has now been prepared; of these 14 have been discontinued. Two are currently under preparation. These electrical transcription series consist of 13 programs each timed to 14 minutes 30 seconds. The

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