Medicine: Shaw on Disease

George Bernard Shaw, now 89, has always had an excellent constitution, moderate habits, and a dislike of doctors. In his preface to The Doctor's Dilemma (1911), he charged the profession with "an infamous character." Last week he was still at it. In four articles distributed by International News Special Service, Shaw attacked a new history of medicine by Edinburgh's Dr. Douglas Guthrie: "I am floored by the extraordinary discrepancy between his history and my experience."

¶Dr. Guthrie's statement that surgery has become painless "shocks one as a thundering lie ... but of course means only that the patient does not feel...

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