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November 20, 1943

Current Comment

JAMA. 1943;123(12):771-772. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840470037014

GUESSING AT PHYSICIANS' INCOMES  The U. S. Department of Commerce recently issued a release on the incomes of physicians of which the following sentence has been widely published and discussed: "The average gross income reported for 1941 was $8,524, and the average net income $5,047." Analysis of the methods by which these figures were obtained reveals that they are little more than guesses. The full report of the study on which they are based is printed in the "Survey of Current Business," issued by the Bureau of Foreign and Domestic Commerce of the U. S. Department of Commerce, October 1943, pages 16 to 20. From this we learn that "questionnaires were sent to a representative sample of physicians who were requested to give information relating to gross and net incomes, costs of practice, age, type of practice, employees, pay rolls and other selected items during the period from 1936 through