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September 17, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(12):1009. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740640051025

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The Medical Congress  The twenty-sixth South African Medical Congress was held last month at East London. Although the attendance was small, largely owing to the fact that so many medical men who can afford to leave their practice have gone overseas to attend the centenary meeting of the British Medical Association in London, the meeting was one of the most successful held since the war. The opening address by Sir Carruthers Beattie, vice chancellor of the University of Cape Town, attracted considerable attention, dealing as it did with the much discussed topic of overcrowding of the profession and of the medical schools in this country. Sir Carruthers is of the opinion that South Africa should have many more physicians than it has at present. He pointed out that in some parts the proportion was one physician to fifty thousand patients, and that our annual wastage was at present not compensated

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