Medicine: Fleeting Victory

When Mrs. Lucy Rines, 56, died in Boston's Beth Israel Hospital almost five years ago, her husband put on a black necktie and made a vow. He vowed that he would not discard his badge of mourning until he had won a victory in court over the doctors he blamed for his wife's death.

Russian-born Rines, a patent attorney, went about his vendetta in businesslike fashion. He enrolled for courses at Harvard Medical School (he says he was dropped when the faculty learned the purpose of his studies) and at Massachusetts

Institute of Technology. He worked as an orderly in Boston City Hospital,...

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