Medicine: Physician, Treat Thyself

Most doctors go to A.M.A. conventions to see and not to be seen, but in San Francisco last week, more than a thousand M.D. conventioneers became subjects for their colleagues (total attendance: 13,218 physicians, plus twice that many family members, nurses, technicians). The M.D. guinea pigs submitted to being bled for a variety of tests, underwent blood pressure readings, electrocardiograms, stethoscoping and chest X rays. The object: to raise the standard of medical care for physicians themselves.

Theoretically, every doctor has a physician in attendance 24 hours a day, i.e., by long-standing tradition, any doctor will treat any other doctor free of...

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