Medicine: Weird Hospital

Southern California, breeding ground of cults and quacks, of nudists, sun-worshipers, gland doctors and colonic irrigators, is also the home of some 7,000 harassed, exasperated physicians, and the second largest general hospital in the U. S.: 23-story Los Angeles County. Built in 1933, the gleaming white skyscraper houses 3,154 beds, serves 50,000 patients a year.

To doctors outside California, Los Angeles County General Hospital is a weird and wonderful place. Although it was built for charity patients, it charges them, under State law, an average maintenance rate of $4.78 a day, almost $1.50 higher than average rates in private hospital wards. Although...

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