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January 25, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(4):255-256. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480040041013

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The number of physicians in Germany is steadily on the increase, nearly 3 per cent, having been added during the past year, though this is somewhat under the figures of the years 1894 to 1899. In Prussia the increase was over 3 per cent. The increase can be better shown by the comparison of the relative additions to the profession and to the general population since 1895. From this it appears that while population has increased in the German empire 7.8 per cent, the number of physicians has increased 18.6 per cent., or over double, and in some sections three or four times as much. The proportion of physicians to the general population is given as 1 to 2000 for the German Empire as a whole, but in the cities it is much higher, ranging from 1 to 489 in Kiel to 1 to 1918 in Barmen. The university towns

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