The 50th annual report on medical licensure by the Council on Medical Education and Hospitals, which appears in this issue of The Journal, presents statistics concerning the medical examination and licensure of physicians in the United States and its territories and outlying possessions for the year 1951 and summarizes trends over many years. There is also included information pertaining to the current regulations for medical licensure.
During the year 1951 there were 12,008 licenses to practice medicine issued by the medical examining boards of the 48 states, the District of Columbia, Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Guam, the Virgin Islands, and the Canal Zone. Of the 12,008 licenses issued, 5,713 were granted after written examination and 6,295 by reciprocity or endorsement of state licenses or the certificate of the National Board of Medical Examiners. There was a decrease of 201 in the number of physicians licensed in 1951 as compared with