Medicine: Besieged Fort

"The state of mind of most physicians today is one of profound disquiet." With these somber words, Dr. Charles A. Hoffman took office last week in San Francisco as the 127th president of the American Medical Association, long a monolithic organization with an extraordinary success record in defending the rights and privileges of physicians. Now many private practitioners see themselves threatened from all sides, and in his inaugural address Hoffman sounded like a man assuming command of a besieged fort.

"Almost daily," he said, "there are new infringements on the way we practice,...

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