Shortage of Doctors

Archive Report

The War and the Need for Medical Care

Sharp reduction in the number of physicians whose services are available to the civilian population of the United States has occurred since Pearl Harbor because of heavy demands for service of medical men with the armed forces. At the same time, the civilian demand for physicians has increased rapidly in numerous war industry centers and in extramilitary areas which have absorbed large influxes of population.

Crowded living conditions in war production areas have increased potential as well as present needs for medical care. Thomas Francis Jr., professor of epidemiology at the University of Michigan, warned, March 9, that an outbreak of influenza comparable to that of 19181 is a definite possibility for the winter of 1943–44. The major ...

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