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To the Editor:—
The editorial in THE JOURNAL February 28, p. 6267, "Is There a Shortage of Physicians?" answers the "wolf cry" of the government well. The editorial did not consider a few important factors. Most important, after estimating the birth rates and death rates for the future as well as the number of graduates in medicine, will be the extra time necessary with each patient in using new methods to do a fine grade of work as well as in heading off malpractice suits. And as new discoveries are made, how many more new specialities there will be.A good example of the latter is allergy. The specialists are needed, but it is just that many more physicians removed from the field of general practice. American physicians are doing good work. Now, as the thoroughness of the work improves in such matters
ROBINSON JW. FACTORS AFFECTING NEED FOR PHYSICIANS. JAMA. 1948;136(15):1000. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890320044018