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May 8, 1943


JAMA. 1943;122(2):116-117. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840190046011

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A perfect distribution of physicians based exclusively on the distribution of population can perhaps be obtained only in a totalitarian state, although neither the Germans nor the Russians seem to have solved the problem. One may suspect that even then it would be satisfactory only to the dictatorial régime and probably not to the medical profession or to the population itself. The distribution of physicians in the United States before the war no doubt left much to be desired; the war itself has accentuated the problem. Withdrawal of large numbers of doctors for federal services, shifts of masses of people to new locations, difficulties of transportation of doctors and patients, and crowding of hospitals are some of the newer aspects of the situation. As a result, a number of areas of real medical scarcity have developed.

This problem of relocation encounters many difficulties, one of which is the legal restraints

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