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May 27, 1905


JAMA. 1905;XLIV(21):1689. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02500480037009

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A dean of a medical college is reported to have prophesied recently that under the present more rigid requirements, both in medical education and in state licensure, there will soon be a shortage of physicians in this country. In support of this view he points out a falling off in the first year enrollments in certain medical colleges and claims that it indicates a coming deficiency and that the supply will not offset the depletion of practitioners caused by death and disability. We are uninformed whether his remarks were intended as a jeremiad or as offering matter for congratulation to his hearers. We see no reason to regret a decrease in the annual output of physicians providing the lessened quantity is in inverse ratio to the quality of the product, as we believe is the tendencyat the present time. There would have to be a very rapid falling off in

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