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April 21, 1962


JAMA. 1962;180(3):236-237. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050160052015

A suspicion has been prevalent for several years A suspicion has been prevalent for several years in Britain that a disproportionately large number of young physicians are leaving their homeland regularly to pursue their careers in English-speaking countries throughout the world. This suspicion persisted despite assurance from the Royal Commission on Doctors' and Dentists' Remuneration in 1960 that "the available statistics give no grounds for supposing that the level of net emigration among doctors and dentists is higher than among the population as a whole" and that medical emigration was therefore a factor "of no special significance."

In a recent issue of the British Medical Journal, Dr. John R. Seale has examined the evidence and found the suspicion to be well founded.1 Noting that "the available statistics" included only emigration by sea and that there are no official figures for emigration by air, Seale compiled his own data from

Seale, J.:  Medical Emigration from Britain ,  Brit Med J 1:782-787 ( (March 17) ) 1962.Crossref
" A Pretty Ghastly, Awful Picture ," editorial,  Brit Med J 2:1548-1549 ( (Dec. 9) ) 1961.Crossref