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Vital Signs

Then & Now

A reminder of the pace of change, and of timeless truths, from a 1961 publication titled Medical Education and Dartmouth:

"Unfortunately the good health Americans have come to take for granted is threatened by an imminent critical shortage of doctors. This alarming conclusion was reached in November 1959 by a special Consultant Group appointed by the U.S. Surgeon General."

Ratio of doctors per 100,000 people in 1961

Ratio of doctors per 100,000 people in 2000

Increase over 2002 medical school enrollments now called for by some experts, who fear a shortfall of physicians by 2025

A reminder of the pace of change, and of timeless truths, from the Spring 1984 issue of this magazine:

"In an effort to broaden its range of services and strengthen the clinical faculty in maternal and child health, [DHMC] has instituted a program of certified nurse midwifery. . . . A team of four midwives . . . [is] offering a wide range of services to interested individuals and families."

Year the first U.S. school for nurse midwives was established

Year the nurse midwifery service opened at DHMC

Number of certified nurse midwives now practicing at DHMC

A reminder of the pace of change, and of timeless truths, from the 1960 Mary Hitchcock Memorial Hospital (MHMH) Annual Review:

Dr. Sven Gundersen wrote: "These are challenging times in medicine from many points of view, including scientific, socioeconomic, political, and philosophic. . . . In the final analysis, a hospital will prosper mainly in relation to the quality of its professional staff, that is, the ability, training, integrity, motivations, and dedi cation of its members."

MHMH employees in FY60

Dartmouth-Hitchcock employees in FY08

Residents in FY60

Residents/fellows in FY08

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