Medicine: Lightning Rod

For years, no meeting of the American Medical Association has been complete without a rumor that contentious, energetic Dr. Morris Fishbein would be ousted as editor of A.M.A.'s Journal, which is the only official position he has ever held in U.S. medicine's topmost organization. But through most of his 37 years with A.M.A. (he will be 60 in July), Dr. Fishbein went serenely on as official spokesman for U.S. doctors. He was "Dr. A.M.A." and the man to quote on anything medical. He was quoted so often that few of his bosses ever got much attention. The front man was the...

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