Medicine: Too Many Operations?

Of the 14,000,000 patients admitted every year to U.S. hospitals, about half go in for some kind of operation. That is a fact. Many of those operations should never be performed; and some are performed by bunglers who should never be allowed to handle a scalpel. That is the shocking charge.

The charge was made to U.S. surgeons last week, by one of their number, when the American College of Surgeons convened in Manhattan. The speaker was Dr. Harold L. Foss, surgeon in chief of the Geisinger Memorial Hospital in Danville, Pa. Another surgeon publicly backed him up.

Surgery has become such a...

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