Medicine: Wanted: G.P.s

The old "horse-&-buggy doctor" could not travel fast, but he got around. Now, in many rural areas throughout the U.S., there is no doctor to call. The old general practitioners are dying out; young replacements are too few to cover the territory properly, even if they took to helicopters. Last week a group of worried Kansans, sparked by Dr. Franklin Murphy, dean of the Medical School of Kansas University, had a plan.

Kansas, predominantly rural, has grown about 25% in population since 1906, but has lost some 30% of its doctors. Half the doctors then practiced in country districts; today only 28%...

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