Medicine: Shortage of Doctors?

If medical schools do not gear themselves to near-war conditions, the U.S. will have a dangerous doctor shortage by 1954. This warning was sounded in Chicago last week by Dr. Howard A. Rusk, adviser to the National Security Resources Board.

In 1949 there was one physician to every 850 people in the U.S. To maintain this "adequate" ratio, said Dr. Rusk, and provide for 5,000,000 men in uniform, medical education will have to be speeded up. At the present education rate, Dr. Rusk foresees a shortage of 22,000 doctors in 1954. His recommendations: i) increase the enrollment of medical schools by 15%;...

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