Medicine: Censure for Knowles

Controversy is an old companion to Dr. John Knowles. The outspoken former director of Massachusetts General Hospital was the focus of a political battle three years ago when the American Medical Association worked—successfully—to block his appointment as an Assistant Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare. Now, as Knowles prepares to leave Boston to become head of the Rockefeller Foundation, the Massachusetts Medical Society is about to censure him formally.

The unusual reprimand of one of the nation's most prominent doctors is in response to Knowles' continuing criticism of his colleagues. He has frequently taken advantage of newspaper and television interviews to question...

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