The fact that the nation faces a serious and growing shortage of manpower in the health sciences scarcely needs further elaboration. It has been the subject of numerous reports, articles, and conferences within the past decade. Numerous factors have played a role in the development of this shortage: a rapid growth in the population; a populace increasingly well educated and thus increasingly well aware of the potential benefits of good medical care; a populace of growing affluence with consequent ability to demand and pay for good medical attention; the rapid growth of third-party payment plans, both private and public, which have extended health benefits to still larger segments of the population; and the remarkable expansion of biomedical research programs, which have been financed by the public by one means or another.
At the outset, I should like to accept the manpower shortage as well established and point out further that
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