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May 6, 1939


JAMA. 1939;112(18):1835-1838. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800180059021

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DISTRIBUTION OF PHYSICIANS IN NEW YORK STATE  A decennial study from 1878 of the distribution of physicians in New York State made by Dr. Joseph S. Lawrence and published in the New York State Journal of Medicine (39: 199 [Feb. 1] 1939) shows that:In the entire state the population has increased 167 per cent in the last sixty years, while the number of physicians has increased 477 per cent. In upstate areas the increases have been 86 per cent and 256 per cent respectively. The ratio of physician to population in the entire state is 1: 576, while in upstate alone it is 1: 720. In Greater New York the ratio is 1: 497 and in Manhattan and Brooklyn, where there is the greater concentration of specialists, the ratio is 1:387. The increase in the population of these two boroughs in the last sixty years is 146 per

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