Medicine: Dog Surgeons

As its leading editorial last week, the ultrarespectable American Journal of Surgery ran an "enthusiastic" discussion of "Dog Surgery and Self Development" by Drs. Clyde Merideth Jr. and Thomas Peck Butcher of Emporia, Kans. Small-town surgeons, said they, with little chance to show their versatility, can keep in trim by practicing on dogs. "Skill . . . had much better be developed at the expense of the dog than at the expense of the patient.

"For the past 18 months," they continued in conspiratorial tones, "we have met one morning a week in the basement of an isolated home and have operated...

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