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Physicians—The Supply and Demand

William P. Whery, M.D.
JAMA. 1911;LVI(13):986. doi:10.1001/jama.1911.02560130050025.
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To the Editor:  —We read now and then of the oversupply of medical practitioners in Great Britain, France, Germany and the United States. Is not this condition due to the congestion of favored localities and not to the demands of the world?The relation of the medical profession to the movements for the spread of civilization and the development of backward regions of the earth has never been properly realized. There are as yet very few physicians appointed by civilized governments as functionaries, consuls and consular agents, but wherever they have been given official positions they have made good in an exemplary manner.Countries imperfectly developed would benefit greatly by appointment of men with a medical training as officials in their remote districts. These men would enter fully into the life of the people, carry out sanitary regulations, keep accurate vital statistics, and would furnish reports on climates, soils, ethnology,


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