Medicine: What Is Free Choice?

San Francisco was unwontedly hot (89°) as 12,063 physicians streamed into the city last week for their biggest get-together of the year: the annual convention of the American Medical Association.

At the beginning, tempers were running as high as temperatures: hotel space was all mixed up, a fight was brewing over prepaid medical care plans, an uncomfortably hot issue had been added to the program at the last moment (see below). It took the best bedside manner of some of the nation's canniest practitioners to keep things under control.

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