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February 18, 1956


JAMA. 1956;160(7):587. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960420067023

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To the Editor:—  In the Foreign Letters section of the Nov. 5, 1955, issue of The Journal, page 1045, under the heading Brazil, is an item, "Training of Specialists," that contains a gross error. The article states that the number of physicians in this country is far smaller than it really is. The correspondent states, among other small inaccuracies, that the physicians in Brazil are only "one to every 7,000" inhabitants. Checking the proper sources of information for this calculation, I called the Brazilian census bureau, which gave the computed midyear population for 1955 as 58,350,061 inhabitants (our last census was that of 1950), and the division of registration of physicians, dentists, and others of the National Department of Health, which informed me that the number of physicians registered today is 22,985. These figures enabled me to compute the proper relative number of physicians in Brazil as one to 2,539

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