Medicine: Doctors at War

More than 10,000 U.S. doctors-left their practices in the hands of partners or friends last week and went to San Francisco. There the American Medical Association was holding its 99th annual convention. Notable absentee: Dr. Morris Fishbein, who was eased out of his job as the A.M.A.'s spokesman last December. As one veteran remarked of this Fishbein-less gathering: "It's running smoothly, effectively and efficiently—but good heavens, it's dull."

The A.M.A.'s principal concern was socialized medicine. Instead of letting its incoming president, Louisville's Dr. Elmer Lee Henderson (elected at last year's convention), deliver his...

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