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To the Editor:
—During the past few years, the Territory of Guam has expanded at a rapid rate. Economically the territory is progressing toward stability, after several years of war and enemy occupation, and this has naturally brought about an increase in commercial activity with a concomitant rise in population.Prior to the inauguration of civil government for the territory, the naval establishment provided dental care for the civilian population, but now the services of the Navy dentists and technicians are no longer available to the local residents.Exclusive of the military, there are approximately 30,000 local residents of Guamanian ancestry, and about 3,500 off-island residents. In addition, there are some 7,000 contractors' employees of United States citizenship and some 12,000 contractors' employees of Philippine citizenship. The contractors' employees are cared for on a contract basis.At the present time there are two private practicing doctors of medicine on the
Skinner C. PHYSICIANS FOR GUAM. JAMA. 1951;147(4):340. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670210052020