Medicine: Criticism & Censure

One of the most potent forms of hidden government in the U.S. is the county medical society. Since the average patient does not know that it exists, he cannot know who its officers are. Yet the societies' officers may wield powers of life and death over him by deciding whether his personal physician or surgeon can admit patients to the best local hospitals and treat them there. Last week one of the nation's biggest and toughest county medical societies drew an unflattering spotlight on itself and the system in general.

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