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June 10, 1961

Expansion of Medical Professional Services with Nonprofessional Personnel

Author Affiliations


Member, Council on Medical Service, American Medical Association.

JAMA. 1961;176(10):839-841. doi:10.1001/jama.1961.03040230005002

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IT IS A COMMON belief that there is a need for more medical professional help in many hospitals. Contributing to this situation are the facts that the population of the country is growing, that new hospital beds are being provided every year, that the number of admissions to the same bed capacity is on the increase, and thatthe number of procedures per patient is growing in kind and quantity. It would appear, therefore, that the attending physician would be required to spend more and more of his time in the hospital, thereby limiting the time he would be able to devote to the community in home or office practice, unless he could devise methods for representing himself at the hospital.

Some of the methods now in use are herewith listed:

  1. More medical students are being educated, and more internes and residents are being provided. This, the subject of the

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