Medicine: Charity Flayed

A secret vexation to many doctors is the free medical service they give. It is a thing they are squeamish about discussing in public. Only when one acquires a public position does he occasionally talk. Thus last week Dr. Charles Gordon Heyd, 46, Manhattan surgeon, made of his inauguration as president of the New York County Medical Society—important component of the American Medical Association—a megaphone for the old professional grievance.

Annual free medical attendance in the U. S., he estimated, amounts to $365,000,000. Doctors need the money, for fewer than one out of five...

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