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To the Editor:—
In The Journal, Nov. 5, 1955, page 1045, it is stated that in Brazil there is one physician to every 7,000 inhabitants. I would like to comment on this statement because it seems that a mistake was made. According to vol. 1, no. 2, June, 1954, of the "Revista da A. M. B.," which is published by the Brazilian Medical Association, there was in 1950 in Brazil about one physician to every 2,485 inhabitants (number of physicians, 20,095; population, 51,976,397). The physician-population ratio that was about 1 to 3,000 in 1940 has been changed to almost 1 to 2,500 in 1950 and has been improving ever since.
de Almeida AS. PHYSICIANS IN BRAZIL. JAMA. 1956;161(9):902. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970090128030
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