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March 23, 1940


JAMA. 1940;114(12):1068-1073. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.62810120004011

During the past year, articles in the medical press have continued to give the impression that the United States is suffering from an influx of vast numbers of foreign physicians, whereas the official figures from the Department of Immigration show that between July 1934 and September 1939 some 2,544 physicians immigrated to this country. Emphasis has been laid repeatedly on the need to restrict the licensure of foreign physicians in order to protect both the medical profession and the public, since the medical and ethical standards of these physicians might fall below our own. This attitude is to a large extent a result of the economic problems which confront nearly every American physician. Changing methods of medical practice and financial insecurity are a part of the present day national situation, which is neither caused nor aggravated by the émigré physician, against whom a policy of exclusion has been specifically directed