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February 25, 1939

THE PROBLEM OF THE REFUGEE PHYSICIAN

JAMA. 1939;112(8):735. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800080055017

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Abstract

In the Organization Section in this issue of The Journal appear statistics collected from various federal governmental agencies as to the number of physicians coming to the United States from foreign countries during the years since 1930. On September 17, 1938, The Journal called attention editorially to the fact that the scope of this problem is definitely limited by several factors: the quotas established by our laws regulating immigration, the total number of physicians likely to be eliminated from Germany and other central European countries, the ages of these physicians, and the opportunities available to them for securing a livelihood in the United States. Unfortunately there are publications, political groups and subsidized agencies in this country which are endeavoring to make prestige and favor for themselves by stirring the motives of selfishness, prejudice and hatred among American doctors. In The Journal, February 11, six distinguished leaders of American medicine urged

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