THE NATION: The Doctors' Dilemma

The patient was the whole U.S., and diagnosing its state of health was something like standing in shallow water and trying to feel a whale's pulse. There was room for all, and last week doctors were crowding alongside by the scores, prodding with their stethoscopes, waving hastily scribbled prescription blanks, and bitterly berating each other as quacks, bunion choppers, herb cooks and barbers.

All were agreed that the patient had some symptoms; a light rash of unemployment and a certain falling of the price structure had been in evidence for six weeks. But what did these signs portend? Alarmists detected...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!