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The Economic Crisis and Physicians
The economic crisis is resting heavily, throughout France, on the medical profession. The unemployment aid given to workmen is not applicable to members of the liberal professions (physicians, lawyers, artists), their fate, in the eyes of a government impregnated with socialism, being regarded as much less important than that of manual workers. As a result, misery and want have entered the homes of many physicians, especially those who have children. The sanatoriums, which, up to 1931, were filled with patients, are half empty. The economic crisis, as affecting the physicians, is due to many causes. First there is an excess of physicians in France, as in all other civilized countries. To this may be added the effects of demagogic laws, which, in the name of a philanthropy for which the public shows its gratitude only toward the deputies who voted for them, bear heavily on
PARIS. JAMA. 1933;101(3):221–222. doi:10.1001/jama.1933.02740280041023
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