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May 3, 1941


JAMA. 1941;116(18):2057-2058. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820180063012

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The number of obituaries of physicians published in The Journal during 1940 was 3,633, of which 3,450 were of the United States and 183 of Canada. Four died in Puerto Rico, 3 each in China and Mexico, 2 each in Italy and Hawaii, 1 each in Africa, Brazil, India and the Philippine Islands. The obituaries of 122 women physicians were published, as compared with 116 in 1939. The number of graduates of medical schools in the United States for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1940 was 5,097. Deducting the number of physicians whose obituaries were published, there was a net addition to the profession for the year of 1,647, not including physicians coming to the United States from abroad.

Ages.—  The average age at death of those classified as of the United States was 66.3, as compared with 66.1 in 1939. Twenty-five physicians died between the ages of 25

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