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During 1942 a total of 3,328 obituaries of physicians were published in The Journal. Of these, 3,211 were classified as of the United States and 117 as of Canada; 85 were of women. The American Medical Directory Report Service, including the United States, possessions and Canada, recorded 3,580 deaths, including 3,353 for the United States alone, or 142 more than the 3,211 published in The Journal.
A net increase to the profession of 1,952 resulted from the 5,163 graduates of medical schools in the United States for 1942. The increase does not include graduates of foreign schools who were first licensed in this country in 1942. These statistics are not yet available, but 626 were recorded during the calendar year 1941.
The average age at death was 65, as compared with 65.9 in 1941 for 3,354 deaths published in The Journal. Twenty-two physicians died between the ages of 25
DEATHS OF PHYSICIANS IN 1942. JAMA. 1943;121(3):195–196. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840030033011
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