Medicine: Closed Shop in Denver

Rumor: three well-to-do Denver citizens have recently died for lack of hospital care. Fact: most Denver hospitals are so crowded that they have waiting lists of surgical patients. Yet the 700-bed municipal Denver General Hospital has 250 empty beds. To City Councilman Edward J. Mapel, the solution to this problem looked simple: open the city hospital to any paying patient.

Councilman Mapel soon discovered that he had a lot to learn about hospitals. To be acceptable to the American Medical Association and the American College of Surgeons, a hospital must have a staff...

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