The Theatre: New Plays in Manhattan: Apr. 22, 1940

Medicine Show (by Oscar Saul & H. R. Hays; produced by Carly Wharton & Martin Gabel) is a Living Newspaper-type play about U. S. health. Though less vividly dramatized than . . . one third of a nation or Power, it trenchantly exposes the medical plight of the U. S. poor. Its relentless statistician raps out some pretty disquieting facts: that of 1,400,000 annual deaths, 250,000 are preventable; that Chicago has just one free hospital; that 1 ,600 U. S. counties lack hospital facilities; that at Manhattan's Harlem Hospital four ambulances annually served 250,000 patients.

On the doctors' end, Medicine Show reveals...

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