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September 27, 1941

THE STUDENT SECTION of the Journal of the American Medical Association: Devoted to the Educational Interests and Welfare of Medical Students, Interns and Residents in Hospitals

JAMA. 1941;117(13):1125-1136. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820390067028

Concerning Interns and Their Health  REGINALD FITZ, M.D.BOSTONTwo years ago the Trustees of the American Medical Association asked of the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals that a study be made of the health of interns. Such a study was begun at once. A report of the preliminary steps of the investigation was presented to the House of Delegates1 a year ago. Briefly, there appeared no evidence to suggest that the health of interns was notably bad; yet among sixty-one interns who during the three year period of 1937, 1938 and 1939 were compelled to discontinue work because of illness, tuberculosis was an important and significant factor. This disease occurred in 36 instances and thus caused 59 per cent of all the serious casualties. This information was obtained by inquiry from 235 hospitals approved for intern training.During the past year the problem of intern health has