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October 8, 1932


JAMA. 1932;99(15):1276-1277. doi:10.1001/jama.1932.02740670064025

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Petition to Prevent Overcrowding of the Profession  The Deutscher Aerztevereinsbund, acting jointly with the Verband der Aerzte Deutschlands, has sent copies of an urgent petition to the federal ministry of the interior, the Prussian ministry of public welfare and the administrative boards of the universities, calling attention to the rapid increase in the number of medical students and demanding that some form of restriction be imposed to check this dangerous trend.It is emphasized that further delay will promote radicalism among young physicians dissatisfied with present conditions. The depression has not, the petition points out, led to more sober judgment in the choice of a vocation or profession. In the summer semester of 1931, 4,467 medical students were enrolled in the universities, but that number has now increased. In the opinion of the medical profession, the conditions in the lecture rooms of the universities defy description. That is true particularly