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February 18, 1939


JAMA. 1939;112(7):630. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800070046012

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Reports received on the American Medical Association Study of Need and Supply of Medical Care already cover a far larger sample of the population than has been covered by any previous survey. This is the first survey that has asked and obtained information from all groups in the population definitely interested in medical care. Many who should know better still repeat the falsehood that this survey requests information from physicians only and insinuate that doctors know nothing about those who do not come to the physician's office.

Only one of the nine forms used in this survey is directed to physicians and dentists. The others are sent to hospitals, nurses, health departments, welfare and relief agencies, schools both public and parochial, colleges and universities, fraternal and similar organizations, and pharmacists. All these are asked for information concerning persons unable to obtain needed and desired medical care. Not one significant source

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