Medicine: Army Doctor's Dilemma

All the advances of science have not yet conquered the ancient occupational disease of soldiers: malingering. In a new book, War Medicine (Philosophical Library; $7.50), Lieut. Colonel Albert G. Hulett, U.S.A., takes up not only feigned sickness but the equal problem of feigned good health.

To get in the army, candidates have worked out a rogue's repertory for concealing disabilities. Concealment becomes especially ingenious, says Dr. Hulett, among candidates for West Point, Annapolis, the Air Force and Submarine Service, where physical standards are unusually high. "Even if the examiner discovers a defect,...