The A.M.A.: Progress Report

Although the American Medical Association was a progressive, reform-minded organization in the first third of the 20th century, it has since suffered a severe case of intellectual atherosclerosis. Last week, as some 12,000 of its members pounded the Atlantic City boardwalk between sessions of its annual convention, the A.M.A.'s 242-member house of delegates voted to catch up with the present in several areas, and also cast a constructive eye toward the future.

By acclamation, the delegates chose Dr. Dwight Locke Wilbur, 63, a San Francisco gastroenterologist, as the organization's president-elect to...

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