Health Services: Needed: Support Troops

In addition to doctors and nurses, medical care requires all sorts of supporting troops—hospital orderlies, X-ray technicians, physiotherapists. As care grows more complex, the need for such ancillary personnel rises too. Compared with one health assistant per doctor in 1900, the ratio today is 13 to 1, reports the University of Florida's Dr. Darrel J. Mase to the A.M.A.'s Council on Medical Education. By 1975 the needed ratio will probably reach 25 to 1. Health may then employ 6,000,000 people, and constitute the nation's biggest industry.

How and where will all those people be trained? So far, says Dr....