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July 7, 1945

Foreign Letters

JAMA. 1945;128(10):745-746. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860270047020

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LONDON  (From Our Regular Correspondent)June 2, 1945.

The Problem of Medical Demobilization  The termination of the war in Europe does not promise much relief in the near future of the shortage of doctors in civil practice. In a letter to the Times Lord Moran, president of the Royal College of Physicians, says that they have fallen below the margin of safety. There is 1 general practitioner for 2,640 people in this country, while there is 1 for 350 men in the army. On the invitation of the director general of the Army Medical Service Lord Moran was able, with the registrar of the college and Prof. L. S. P. Davidson, to go to Belgium, the Netherlands and Germany to talk over problems of demobilization with medical officers in the army. They were able to hold ten meetings and to have many informal discussions with more than 1,000 medical officers.

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