Belgium: Back Where They Started

The nursing staffs and the few physicians on emergency service at the hospitals were drooping with fatigue as the Belgian doctors' strike dragged into its third week. The wards were jammed with patients, many of whom would normally be treated at home, and, though the emergency service had worked fairly smoothly, spokesmen for the strikers now warned that it would not be continued. Because contagious diseases were sometimes bedded next to others in the crowded hospitals, doctors also warned of imminent epidemics. Belgian husbands with pregnant wives were taking them over the border to France, Holland or West Germany...

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