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September 2, 1916

Better Medical Care for Rural Communities

Author Affiliations

West Sunbury, Pa.

JAMA. 1916;LXVII(10):762-763. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02590100052025

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To the Editor:  —I have read the Current Comment on this subject (The Journal, August 19) in which you assume a scarcity of physicians in rural communities, and state, as the cause thereof, the persistent demand on the part of the public for "specialists." Speaking from experience and observation gained as a country doctor, I do not believe there is any scarcity of physicians in rural communities in this country, except possibly in a few isolated instances. During June and July of this year I traveled through the Southwest in Oklahoma and Kansas. A large part of that time was spent in rural Oklahoma. Oklahoma is a new country, and one would naturally expect to find a scarcity of physicians in a new sparsely settled country, if they were to be found in any place. But I found no scarcity of physicians there. Every little hamlet had two or three.

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