A Letter From The Publisher: Oct. 10, 1969

LIKE too many other small American communities, rural Surgoinsville, Tenn., has no doctor. When the town's only physician died in 1966, there was no one to take his place; his modern clinic has been closed ever since, and the 5,000 people who live in and around the little northeastern Tennessee community were forced to drive 28 miles to visit the nearest doctor in a neighboring town. Several months ago, the Rev. Robert E. Button, 28, one of a group of citizens who had been searching for a new doctor, saw an advertisement in TIME placed by a junior college that was...

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