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March 5, 1927


JAMA. 1927;88(10):727-728. doi:10.1001/jama.1927.02680360039018

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During 1926, The Journal published the obituaries of 2,677 physicians of the continental United States. This number is 194 larger than the number published during 1925.

Deducting the number of deaths published in 1926 from the number of medical graduates in that year (3,962) leaves a net increase in the ranks of the profession of 1,285. The census bureau estimates that the population of the United States increased 1,492,000 during 1926. The ratio, therefore, between the net increase in physicians, as computed, and the increase in the general population was one new physician to about 1,161 new inhabitants.

Ages.  —The average age of the physicians whose obituaries were published was about 62.8 years. Twenty-four of them died in the age period 25-29; forty-seven died between 30 and 34 years of age; sixty-two between 35 and 39; 114 between 40 and 44; 183 between 45 and 49; 264 between 50 and

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