Medicine: Doctors Dwindle

Do the armed forces really need more doctors? Not if they would divvy up the doctors they have, says Dr. Frank Howard Lahey. Dr. Lahey, head of Boston's big Lahey Clinic, is chairman of the Procurement and Assignment Service, which recruits physicians for the Army & Navy.

Nevertheless, said Dr. Lahey to a war-decimated meeting of the American College of Surgeons in Philadelphia, more doctors will be recruited. Reason: poor distribution of doctors in the armed forces. At the front, there are too few doctors; in the rear (which includes Army & Navy hospitals...

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