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May 9, 1953


JAMA. 1953;152(2):165. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690020057008

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In recent years considerable attention has been given to the continuing shortage of well-trained technical personnel for hospital service and other community health needs. Estimates of requirements in individual fields vary to such an extent, however, that further knowledge of the actual use of technical personnel in hospitals and other areas would seem essential as a basic approach to the solution of this problem. In recognition of this need, the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, in its annual hospital census of 1952, undertook to obtain information on technical personnel employed in hospital service. Elsewhere in this issue (page 159) is a report on technical personnel in which it is shown that the hospitals registered by the American Medical Association were at the time of reporting employing 23,822 technical laboratory workers, 12,412 x-ray technicians, 4,707 physical therapists, 3,953 occupational therapists, 6,167 medical record librarians, 10,546 other medical record personnel, 8,867

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