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February 12, 1898

Proportion of Physicians to Population.

JAMA. 1898;XXX(7):386-387. doi:10.1001/jama.1898.02440590046011

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Sykesville, Md., Jan. 24, 1898.

To the Editor:  —The statistics quoted in the Journal of January 22 (p. 231) from "Hirschwald's Medical Directory" furnish a good refutation of the reckless statements so often made by careless writers in American medical journals concerning the great disproportion in the number of physicians to population in this and other countries. I have thought it might be of interest to give a comparative statement of the number of physicians to the population in a few of the large cities in the United States and in the German Empire. The figures for the former are taken from "Flint's Medical and Surgical Directory" for 1897 and the "New York World Almanac" for 1897 and 1898, and those for Germany from the work mentioned above. The statistics are as follows: United States: New York, 1 physician to 650 of population; Philadelphia, 1 physician to 661 of population;

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