Medicine: The Honor of the Profession

The World Medical Association aims, among other things: "1) to promote closer ties among national medical associations, and 2) to maintain the honor . . . of the medical profession." Last week, these two worthy aims were brought into sharp conflict as W.M.A. delegates from 39 member nations convened in Manhattan. Before them was a thorny question: what to do about the organized doctors of Germany, some of whom had besmirched the honor of the profession by crimes against humanity.

Many German doctors, cried Israel's Dr. Emil Adler, who fled Czechoslovakia two weeks ahead of the Nazis, had taken the initiative in...