Medicine: Let Them Die Happy

Who is "the meanest man in the medical profession?" Last week the New York State Journal of Medicine thought it had found the man, even if it was too polite to mention his name. "Nothing but the sternest sort of conscience would persuade us to publish such a comment ... on a colleague," said the editors.

The meanest medic had not been caught in an abortion mill, had not brazenly advocated socialized medicine, or neglected a patient. Nothing of the sort. He had contrived to keep a broken-hipped Illinois Civil War veteran alive (he lived to his 106th birthday) by denying him...

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