Medicine: Dissenting Voice

There can be such a thing as too much X-raying, thinks British X-ray Specialist James F. Brailsford (TIME, Dec. 20). Mass X-ray examinations, growing more popular in the U.S., do more harm than good, he recently told a group of Hollywood doctors. Said Dr. Brailsford, one of the founders of the British Radiological Society:

"If you feel fit and well, stay away from all doctors. Even in the case of cancer, nature will notify educated persons when to seek medical advice . . . Cheap mass examinations of those who have no symptoms are foolish. If a chest examination of someone who...

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