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April 1, 1911

What About the Medical Profession in This Country?

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Willmar, Minn.

JAMA. 1911;LVI(13):986-987. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560130050026

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To the Editor:  —Mr. Pritchett's article in The Journal, February 25, on criticisms of the Flexner report recalls some reflections I made at the time of reading the report. On pages 13 and 14 of the report the question of ratio of physicians to population in Europe and this country is discussed and the conclusions are basedon the supposition that the same ratio of physicians to population would be sufficient for this country. Mr. Flexner's reasoning may be logical but I submit that his major premise, to wit, that this country can be served by the same ratio of physicians to population here as in Europe, is wide of the mark.Medical attendance in European countries is a luxury, usually possible only to the better classes, at least until very recently when, for economic reasons, the state has brought it within reach of the workers in large industries to keep

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