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October 14, 1939

CITIZENSHIP AS A CONDITION PRECEDENT TO MEDICAL LICENSURE IN THE UNITED STATES1

JAMA. 1939;113(16):1496-1497. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800410046015
Abstract

Numerous alien physicians, and particularly physicians from Germany and the nations it has taken over, have been coming into the United States during recent years for permanent residence. In some states difficult situations have been created. During the eight federal fiscal years immediately preceding June 30, 1938, 3,165 immigrant physicians arrived, of whom 1,221 came from Germany and Austria.2 During the following fiscal year, which ended June 30 last, immigrant physicians numbered 1,384, of whom 819 came from Germany, which during that year included the area formerly known as Austria. During the fiscal year 1931, immigrant physicians numbered 329, while during the fiscal year 1939, just ended, they numbered 1,384.

How and where these 4,549 alien physicians are now located, what they are doing and what their prospects are of establishing themselves in the practice of their profession, if they have not already done so, is not known. Those

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