Therapy: Psychic Surgery

The American Medical Association has been warring against questionable treatment ever since the group was founded in 1847. Yet the battle is endless and so far from being won that this month the A.M.A. convened what it called a national conference on quackery in Chicago.* The A.M.A.'s president-elect, Manhattan's Dr. Gerald D. Dorman, sadly reported that if today's Americans cannot find the quacks they want in the U.S., they will go halfway around the world for them.

Just a year ago, Dorman said, 108 Americans and two Canadians chartered a plane and...