Medicine: The Pill Trial (Contd.)

Ostensibly, the hearings before Senator Gaylord Nelson's monopoly subcommittee in Washington last week did not constitute a trial, either of the Pill or of its proponents. The Wisconsin Democrat repeatedly expressed his resentment of any suggestion that they were so intended. But the atmosphere in the hearing room was tense with ill-concealed hostility between the Pill's attackers and its defenders. The give-and-take between Senators and witnesses, and even between Senators, had the tone of courtroom adversary procedure. The reason was clear: no new medical evidence had been presented in Nelson's first hearings...

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