Medicine: How Am I, Doctor?

At 8:15 every Friday morning, some ten million Britons tune in BBC for five minutes of painless medicine. The rich, soothing voice that pours out of the radio sounds like a ham actor's impersonation of a family doctor. Britain's "Radio Doctor" dispenses no-nonsense counsel that seldom fails to cheer his listeners.

The doctor makes a point of not coddling his vast, loyal audience. "Doctor, does it do any good in rheumatism to carry a potato in the pocket?" asked a listener last week. "A fatheaded question," replied the amiable doctor. "Now I ask you—do...

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