April 24, 1948


JAMA. 1948;136(17):1102. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890340028013

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Washington Letter  (From a Special Correspondent)April 22, 1948.

Debate Cause of Shortage of Physicians in Maryland  A Cumberland County general practitioner has squared off with the members of the medical profession in Maryland over the reason for the shortage of physicians. Dr. Charles S. Maxon, president of the Medical and Chirurgical Faculty of Maryland, the State Association of Physicians and Surgeons, said that it is harder to get the services of a physician because, among other things: patients abuse physicians by calling them at all hours over minor aches and pains; physicians like the forty hour week, and medical schools turn out too many specialists and not enough general practitioners. Dr. Richard J. Williams of Cumberland County took issue with views of Dr. Maxon and declared that " unless you men at the top speedily mend your ways and stop trying to shift the responsibility onto the shoulders of the

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