Medicine: Automated Examinations

The logic is irrefutable: if a man has a thorough medical examination every year or so, doctors should be able to pick up the earliest signs of incipient disease or disability, and thus treat his condition most effectively and economically. But until recently, the omnibus "multiphasic health testing" approach was confined largely to corporate executives and high-echelon employees whose companies considered them valuable enough, in balance-sheet terms, to justify annual expenditures of $200 each or more for checkups. These screenings were performed by such organizations as New York City's Executive Health Examiners,...