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The New Register
The new medical register published last March is compiled annually in accordance with the Medical, Dental and Pharmacy Act. Some physicians neglect to inform the registrar of their change of address, so some names are omitted from it. This year it contains 2,282 names. Subtracting from those the names of men who are licensed for South West only, duplicated names, and a few errors, one gets the total of 2,232 men and women registered for the Union. These do not all practice here; they do not all even live here. Excluding again those who are absent, out of practice or retired, one gets approximately 1,650 names of physicians in practice, which works out at about one physician for every 5,000 people. In some areas, however, that ratio is much exceeded; in others it is much lower. Perhaps nowhere outside this country is the ratio between physicians and
CAPE TOWN. JAMA. 1931;97(2):119–120. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730020047026
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