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July 1, 1933


JAMA. 1933;101(1):62-63. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740260064025

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Medical Problems in Spain  Dr. L. N. de Castro recently delivered a lecture on the unfavorable conditions of physicians in Madrid. In 1896 the number of students registered at the faculty of law was three times the number registered in the faculty of medicine. During the last seven years (1924 to 1932) the Faculty of Medicine of Madrid has had a greater number of students than any other school. At present there is a surplus of physicians and it constitutes a danger both for the physician and for the patient. A still greater danger is the insurance societies, which are supposed to give their members medical care and drugs during their illness and burial when they die. The societies for mutual insurance are as dangerous as the insurance societies. Generally speaking, both the physician and the patient cannot derive any benefit from these societies, which only exploit them. The members

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