The deaths of 10,738 physicians, 1949 to 1951, relative to a 1950 physician population of 204,450 comprise the basic statistics of this study of physician mortality. Through a detailed examination of these data by age and by cause of death, the highlights of physician mortality experience for the period cited are presented and compared with the mortality experience of white males of the same ages. The presentation of these findings will follow a brief description of the nature of the data and the methods employed in their compilation and development. A more detailed description of the data and methods, along with supplementary tables and the present article, will be presented in Bulletin 103, available from the Bureau of Medical Economic Research, American Medical Association.
The population of 10,738 physician deaths was censused through the use of A. M. A. files and through the procurement of death certificates from