Medicine: Harley Street Forever

In the eyes of the average Briton, London's Harley Street far outranks any temple of Aesculapius as a shrine of healing. But last week Harley Street was shocked through its whole six-block length by a rude noise: "Some of the greatest consultants in the land do work in Harley Street," declared Neurologist Richard Alan John Asher, "but so do some of the greatest scoundrels."

Dr. Asher's blast was in the August Family Doctor, published by the British Medical Association. When London's medicos began to move to Harley Street in the 1880s (from Savile Row), each leading practitioner usually leased an entire house...

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