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October 22, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(17):1443. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740690053024

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The Number of Physicians in Russia  Dr. Raduceanu, a practicing physician in Russia, now on a holiday in Rumania, imparted the following information: The number of physicians in Russia is three times as much as it was before the war. Among 68,000 Russian physicians, 30,000 are women. The average income of a physician is less than that of a specially qualified factory worker; there is very little private practice now, the normal positions being filled by appointments. Though the law strictly forbids the accumulation of positions, yet about 15,000 physicians have two positions and two incomes, and about 3,000 physicians have three and even more positions. For financial and social reasons, physicians do not go to the country, so there is an excess of physicians in cities, where the ratio of physicians to inhabitants is 17.6 to 10,000; in villages it is only 0.98. Only 3 per cent of physicians

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