Medicine: The Why of WHO

The World Health Organization, designed to be the United Nations' family doctor,* was looking a little peaked last week. WHO's chief supporter, the U.S., decided that it was tired of paying doctor bills. The House Rules Committee tabled indefinitely a bill that would have made the U.S. the 24th permanent U.N. member of WHO. Georgia's Committeeman Eugene ("Goober") Cox explained: "It was a manifestation of impatience with the U.S. joining these joint enterprises and then paying the full bill."

Of this year's proposed budget of $6,250,000, the U.S. share would be 35%; other members would pay 65%. The U.S., which backed formation...

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