Medicine: Burden at Night

New Haven was shocked last year when a 14-year-old girl tried, and failed, to rouse any Connecticut doctors on the telephone one night. Her mother, brother and sister had been overcome by gas, and might have died if the youngster had not had the wit to call the police. Stirred up by the case, the New Haven Medical Association decided to set up a central emergency service such as other U.S. communities now have. When it polled its members, inviting promises of cooperation, the association got a shock of its own.

Questionnaires went to all the 415 doctors in the New Haven...

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