Medicine: Shave Diagnosis?

From the Middle Ages well into the 18th century, barbers performed surgery and dentistry, bloodletting, leeching and cauterization, as well as the tonsorial arts. In Lynchburg, Va., this ancient tradition is being partially revived this week. Dr. Charles Whitmore, 48, a dermatologist and author who also practices law and dabbles in real estate, has hired five barbers and installed them in a new shop adjacent to his professional offices. He and his physician wife Claire have started training them as specialists in skin and hair problems. The paramedical barbers, who will consult privately...

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