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March 12, 1955


Author Affiliations


Secretary, Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1955;157(11):903-906. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950280027009

How many medical students are there in the United States today? How many new physicians are being graduated from approved medical schools now as compared to 25 years ago or around the turn of the century? How many premedical students apply to medical school and how many of these applicants actually gain admission? Are new schools of medicine being developed and facilities of currently existing schools being augmented in keeping with the needs of an ever-growing population constantly more conscious of the value of adequate medical care? These and many similar questions that are being asked indicate that there is a lack of factual knowledge and a great deal of misinformation widespread among the members of the medical profession as well as the American public in general as to how effectively medical facilities in the United States are meeting the constant challenges confronted by them through steadily increasing population and

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