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To the Editor:—
In The Journal, April 23, page 1972, appeared a letter from Dr. Sedgwick Mead. It seems to me that he has stumbled on something when he contends that it is not the responsibility of the doctors to provide the nation with an adequate supply of physicians. Neither is it the responsibility of a "sovereign state to see that its people have an adequate supply." The shortage of physicians is due to the lack of inclination on the parts of students and parents to pave the way for themselves by raising an adequate supply of physicians. One does not see the clergy forcing people to become clergymen; this has to come from the parents and their offspring.To point out that other fields are becoming more attractive than medicine is merely to beg the question rather than to explain why there is shortage of physicians. If there is
Nicholas KC. ONE POINT OF VIEW. JAMA. 1960;173(13):1508. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020310096034