Medicine: Two Wigs & Lots of Teeth

Aneurin ("Nye") Bevan, Britain's Health Minister, was a bit embarrassed last week by the public's enthusiasm for government-financed doctoring. He announced: "It seems that an extraordinary proportion of the population has bad sight . . . The health service will fail unless the people use it intelligently, sparingly and prudently."

Oysters & Champagne. How were the British faring with the National Health Service Act, now almost four months old?

Some patients were running doctors ragged with petty requests. ("I always use Carter's Little Liver Pills. Please can I have a chit so that I can get them free?") A few diehard doctors, still...

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