The Assistant Medical Officer

the training of the medical auxiliary in developing countries, by Edwin F. Rosinski, Ed.D., and Frederick J. Spencer, M.B., B.S., M.P.H. xiv + 199 pages. The University of North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, 1965. $6.00

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  • Department of Preventive Medicine Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The scarcity of fully trained physicians in most of the developing countries of the world is recognized as one of the most serious problems confronting their governments. In some countries, there is less than one physician for every 50,000 people. Different regions of the world have met this problem in a variety of ways. In the past, certain colonial powers developed high level schools of medicine within the colony for the training of indigenous physicians who would meet the requirements for licensure by the parent nation. In general, very few doctors were graduated per year under such a system. In other instances, medical schools of a slightly lower rank were developed and the university degree was not offered, but this did not produce enough practitioners to fill the needs of the indigenous population. In various parts of Asia the competing systems of western and oriental medicine were continued up to the present.