Medicine: Skunk Chaser

Last week, 48 hours after he was named medical director of the Veterans Administration, six-foot, 63-year-old Dr. Paul Budd Magnuson came out of his corner fighting. He announced that he was sending to the American Medical Association a list of private physicians suspected of overcharging .the Government for treating veteran outpatients.

Said Dr. Magnuson: "I will name the men I suspect because I want to find out whether each man is a skunk or what the circumstances are." A.M.A. trustees, he added, have promised cooperation; they had just signed an editorial in the A.M.A.'s Journal denouncing physicians who take rebates.'

Dr. Magnuson, an...

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