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November 11, 1968

The Growth and Development of the Allied Health Schools

Author Affiliations

From the College of Health Related Professions, University of Florida, Gainesville.

JAMA. 1968;206(7):1548-1550. doi:10.1001/jama.1968.03150070086016

With the mandate of society to extend comprehensive health care to all of our citizenry, it becomes essential to update our procedures for preparing the health manpower needed. Health is our third largest industry and shall soon become the largest. In 1900 there was one supportive person for each physician. It is estimated that today the ratio is 13 to 1. By 1975 it is expected that this ratio will be 20 or 25 to 1. These supportive personnel are most commonly referred to as those in the allied or health related professions and/or occupations. This estimate in no way implies a lessening of the current projections for more physicians and dentists.

Historically many of these supportive personnel were trained in hospitals. With the extension of education beyond high school for the masses, it becomes essential to prepare those for the health professions and occupations in our junior colleges, colleges,