Medicine: Go East, Young Man

East Germany's Communist leaders are extending themselves to ease a desperate shortage of doctors. Trained physicians are made citizens of special privilege, showered with medals and promotions to keep them from fleeing west. Medical schools are being expanded, and a speedup has been instituted to rush thousands of students ("quick-quacks," Westerners call them) through training in only twelve months. Still far short of needs, the Communists are also beckoning seductively to doctors in West Germany.

There was considerable evidence last week that the seduction is getting results, and that West German practitioners are moving across to East Germany at the rate of...

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