Medicine: Pre-Convention Amputation

From Surgeon James Tate Mason of Seattle, who was to become its president next week, the American Medical Association expected a vigorous administration. Dr. Mason, 53, co-founder of Seattle's prosperous Mason Clinic and Virginia Mason Hospital, expected to apply his hard business sense to the current problems of U. S. doctors, which are chiefly economic.

Four weeks ago a blood clot formed in a blood vessel of Dr. Mason's left leg. When gangrene threatened. Dr. Mason last week had the leg amputated.

Unlike active Dr. Walter Lawrence Bierring of Des Moines, 1934-35...

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