Medicine: Oldsters' Pied Piper

Orthodox members of the International Association of Gerontology were outraged last week that Rumania's Dr. Anna Asian, advocate of a discredited rejuvenation treatment (TIME, Dec. 21), had been invited to speak at their San Francisco congress. When Dr. Asian, 63, managed to monopolize local press coverage, the delegates were even angrier.

Dr. Asian has little command of English, but her paper was translated and read in a heavy accent. Her audience of skeptics could not understand a word. Then she had pictures flashed on the screen showing before-and-after views of her patients. An old man so emaciated that he looked like a...

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