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October 26, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(17):1118-1119. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470430042003

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The recent census proves the source of not a few surprises in what concerns the distribution of physicians to the number of inhabitants in various parts of the country. It would not be surprising to find that doctors were most numerous in proportion to the population in the long-settled Eastern States. As a matter of fact this is not the case, however. California, Colorado, Kansas, Missouri, Iowa and Arkansas have more physicians to their population than any of the Eastern States except Vermont and Maryland. There are less inhabitants to each physician in Texas with its scattered population and magnificent distances than in Pennsylvania with its dense population, most of which is gathered into a few compact areas. Physicians are said to affect especially crowded centers of population, but some of these statistics would seem to contradict the old tradition and show that there is still a very large number

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