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May 8, 1948


JAMA. 1948;137(2):149-198. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890360031013

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REPORT OF THE SECRETARY  To the Members of the House of Delegates of the American Medical Association:The following report of the Secretary is respectfully submitted:

Membership  On April 1, 1948 the official membership list of the American Medical Association contained the names of 136, 668 physicians, representing an increase over the preceding year of 4,444. In preparing this report, the Secretary found it of interest to make certain comparisons: Ten years ago, on April 1, 1938, there were 109,435 members of the Association and, according to figures compiled by the Biographic Department, there were 173,879 physicians in the United States and its dependencies.The biographic records in 1948 show 201,200 physicians in the United States and dependencies, an increase of 27,321. It is interesting to note that the increase in membership in the American Medical Association over the ten year period was 27,233, only 88 less than the increase in the number of physicians. It would appear that the American Medical Association is indeed representative of the entire medical profession of the

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