Medicine: Misery Harbor

Stretching for six blocks along Chicago's West Side are the seven dirty red brick buildings and the one clean yellow brick building of "Misery Harbor" (Cook County Hospital)—largest general hospital in the world. Through the gates of the hospital pour 135,000 charity patients every year, for everything from athlete's foot treatment to blood transfusions.* During the last four years Cook County Hospital has been a battleground for two warring medical factions. Last week a compromise ended the fight.

Medical Superintendent of the huge plant for 25 years was Dr. Karl Albert Meyer. A practical old-school surgeon, Dr. Meyer never required the hospital's...

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