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April 1, 1933


JAMA. 1933;100(13):1048-1049. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740130052020

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The Cost of Medical Education  The number of students enrolled in the French facultés de médecine continues to increase, far beyond the needs of the population, leaving out of the count the foreign students who are supposed to return to their native countries, although it appears that many of them remain in France. The number of new physicians entering medical practice, each year, greatly exceeds the number of deaths and retirements. The income of the physicians, except for the eminent practitioners located in the large centers, is modest indeed. In vain have the medical syndicates endeavored to induce the directors of the lycées and the colleges to use their influence with the parents of pupils who are graduated from these schools to direct their attention away from the profession of medicine, by emphasizing the disappointment that is in store for most of the younger physicians. With this in view, a

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