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November 4, 1974

The Doctor Machine

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Portland, Ore

JAMA. 1974;230(5):671-672. doi:10.1001/jama.1974.03240050019012

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To the Editor.—  Will thousands of unemployed doctors be roaming the streets of America in the near future looking for work—just as thousands of unemployed teachers are doing at the present time and thousands of state employment counselors did before them?Only a few years ago, the Oregon State Employment Service replaced human counselors with machines, and lower-paid clerical workers to explain their use.Then a hue and cry went up about the shortage and the incompetence of classroom teachers. And the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare came to the rescue with the offer of huge sums of federal money to put teaching machines into the schools. As schools began grabbing their share of this federal money, teaching machines were installed in the schools—along with $2-per-hour teachers' aides and other low-paid paraprofessionals to supervise the use of these machines. The jobs of classroom teachers vanished, and thousands of certified