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January 1, 1949

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JAMA. 1949;139(1):38. doi:10.1001/jama.1949.02900180040013

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PROPORTION OF PHYSICIANS TO POPULATION  In a broadcast over the Mutual Chain entitled "Meet the Press" early in December, Mr. Oscar R. Ewing, Administrator of the Federal Security Agency, was asked the simple question, "Do you know of any country that has more doctors in proportion to its population than the United States?" To this Mr. Ewing replied, "I don't.... I just don't know the answer one way or the other. Whether there are or aren't. I can't tell you." For the information of Mr. Ewing and of others who may have doubts that the United States has more doctors in proportion to population than any other country in the world, The Journal presents a recent table based on a survey conducted in 1948 by the World Medical Association. In this table the number of doctors per 100,000 population is listed, and in the right hand column the number of

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