Work force studies often reflect common
prejudices, cost-saving philosophies, rumor and innuendo, but little
data. An exception to this rule exists in the recently published
Committee on Manpower of Pulmonary and Critical Care Societies
(COMPACCs) study.1 As I read it, there is a shortage of
pulmonary and critical care specialists now and this shortage will get
worse in the future. These conclusions are based on real survey data
with excellent physician participation.