Medicine: Island Doctor

The hardy, denim-clad fishermen of He de Sein (pop. 1,328), six storm-swept miles off France's Brittany coast, regard both doctors and tax collectors as meddlesome nuisances. For three hard-lived centuries the Senans have paid no taxes; between last November and February they sent five doctors packing, each with his faith badly shaken in both humanity and the Hippocratic oath. Restless Paris Doctor Jean l'Haridon, 35, wartime resistance fighter and onetime Boy Scout, hoped to avoid the fate of his immediate predecessors; he saw He de Sein as a new world to conquer. When...