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April 29, 1939


JAMA. 1939;112(17):1727-1728. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800170073015

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The number of obituaries of physicians published in The Journal during 1938 was 3,768, including 3,630 of the United States as compared with 3,277 in 1937, also 138 of Canadian physicians. Four died in the Philippine Islands, 3 each in Mexico and Puerto Rico, 2 each in Cuba and France, and 1 each in Africa, the Canal -Zone, England, India and Korea. The obituaries of 108 women physicians were published, as compared with 113 in 1937. The number of graduates of medical schools in the United States for the fiscal year ended June 30, 1938, was 5,194. Deducting the number of physicians whose obituaries were published, there was a net addition to the profession for the year of 1,564, not including physicians coming to the United States from abroad.

Ages.—  The average age at death of those classified as of the United States was 65.6, as compared with 65.4 in

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