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July 26, 1952


JAMA. 1952;149(13):1226. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930300052015

On Wednesday of this week the Office of Business Economics of the U. S. Department of Commerce published the results of its interim professional income surveys for physicians, dentists, and lawyers. Unlike the bench mark study of 1949, which involved the analysis of 30,000 replies, the current survey of physicians' incomes is based on less than 1,000 replies from a sample of approximately 5,000 physicians selected by the Bureau of Medical Economic Research of the American Medical Association. The mean net incomes for 1950 and 1951 were $11,538 and $12,518 as compared with $11,058 reported in the big survey of 1949 income.1

The key sentence in the report of the 1949 survey published in the Survey of Current Business2 was: "During the same period [1929-1949], all earners in the general population (wage and salary workers, as well as independent business and professional workers) recorded almost the identical relative