Medicine: Capsules, Apr. 3, 1972

>HEW officials have stated that the U.S. currently has a shortage of some 50,000 physicians. The American Medical Association disagrees. Reporting in the A.M.A. Journal on the results of a yearlong study of medical manpower, Henry Mason of the association's department of undergraduate medical education concludes that the problem is not scarcity but uneven distribution. In South Dakota, for example, there is only one internist for every 12,813 people. In 18 states, there is only one pediatrician for each 20,000. Obstetrician-gynecologists are also unevenly distributed; while the national median is 1 to 11,915,...

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