Medicine: Playing Politics?

Harry Truman's friends & foes were equally surprised last week by his appointment of a 15-man commission to study the nation's "total health requirements" and to report within a year on what should be done about them. The commission seemed to be a planned withdrawal from the Truman-Ewing "compulsory national health insurance" program, which had won the Administration few friends, made many enemies who denounced it as socialistic. Salient items in the new approach:

¶As head of the commission, the President named Dr. Paul Budd Magnuson, 67, famed bone and joint surgeon, a crack organizer (as he showed in the...

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