Medicine: Doctor Shortage

What effect is the war having on the number and distribution of civilian physicians? G. St. John Perrott and Burnet M. Davis, who asked that question in last fortnight's Public Health Reports, also came up with some startling answers:

» Early in 1944 there will not be enough U.S. doctors to meet both the armed services' requirement of one doctor for every 155 men and the wartime civilian minimum of one to 1,500. From then on the civilian situation will get worse.

» By Jan. 1, 28 states, with a combined population of 54,500,000, are expected...

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