Medicine: Stretching the Doctors

The U.S. doctor shortage was reviewed by the War Manpower Commission last week. Rock-bottom figure for effective U.S. physicians is 120,000 (after deducting retired doctors, those with full-time business or teaching jobs, and one-third of the physicians over 65). About 42,000 doctors, mostly men under 45, are now in uniform. This leaves some 80,000 at home. This year 11,455 more will go into service, leaving fewer than 70,000 for the 120,000,000 stay-at-homes (actually a few more, counting men coming out of retirement and those able to practice part-time).

The 11,455 new service doctors...

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