Medicine: Doctors on Strike

Pickets are a common sight in New York City, but there was something different about the workers marching in front of 21 metropolitan hospitals last week: they were doctors. In the first major strike ever undertaken by American M.D.s, about 2,000 interns and residents took to the picket lines for four days to protest what they regarded as intolerable working conditions.

The strike against voluntary and municipal hospitals with a total capacity of 12,000 beds had been brewing for a long time. Since last fall, the Committee of Interns and Residents, with 3,000 members at the various hospitals, has been attempting to...

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