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May 4, 1889

THE REMEDY FOR OVERCROWDING IN THE MEDICAL PROFESSION.Read before the St. Clair County (Ills.) Medical Society, Dec. 6, 1888.

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OF MASCOUTAH, ILL.

JAMA. 1889;XII(18):613-615. doi:10.1001/jama.1889.02400950001001

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Abstract

That the medical profession is overcrowded, is a fact of the gravest import, recognized by physicians everywhere. The lamented Dr. Garnett, in his address as President of the American Medical Association, devoted his entire paper to an earnest and able discussion of this evil, and to suggestions for its abatement. State associations, district and county societies, current medical periodicals and individual physicians, both here and abroad, are manifesting the liveliest concern in the solution of the problem, which is everywhere increasing in importance.

Before proceeding to discuss remedial measures for a recognized evil, let us first consider the essential nature of the disease which we wish to combat. What constitutes an overcrowding in the ranks of the medical profession? How large may be the ratio of physicians to total population without exceeding a reasonable and natural proportion?

We know that in the United States there are more doctors to the

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