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April 25, 1936


JAMA. 1936;106(17):1497. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770170063019

In 1935 there were in the Philippines a total of 2,901 physicians for an estimated population of about 13,500,000. There was therefore one physician for every 4,700 inhabitants, or about twenty-one physicians per hundred thousand of the population. This compares with 126.6 physicians per hundred thousand of the population in the continental United States. A review of the past and present medical services in the Philippine Islands has recently appeared under the auspices of the local medical society.1 Medical services are rendered by the Philippine government, private practitioners, private corporations, semigovernmental institutions and the United States government.

One way of measuring the efficiency of medical services is comparison of the mortality rates. This is a crude method and subject to numerous modifying factors, but it does give information. For many years there has been a steady decline in the mortality rates in the islands. From a rate of 39.7

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