The discussions of recent years regarding the unsatisfactory distribution of physicians in the United States—particularly the supply in rural areas—have evoked various hypotheses. The cause and cure most frequently and emphatically referred to is the changing scope of medical education. It is asserted, on the one hand, that too few physicians are being trained under the current régime; and, on the other hand, that even were their numbers adequate, the presentday medical graduates would refuse to locate in or near the rural areas. The costliness in time and money, the location of schools in the larger cities, and the alleged emphasis on the importance of elaborate equipment and facilities in the diagnosis and treatment of disease are factors of medical education and practice frequently mentioned.
An elaborate study of the problems at issue and the contentions of those interested in them has just been completed by officers of the General