Medicine: Sickness at HEW

One of the unhealthiest places in Washington these days is the Health section of the sprawling Department of Health, Education and Welfare. And perhaps the most emotionally disturbed place within Health is the National Institute of Mental Health. Last week, just before the departure of HEW Secretary Robert Finch (see THE NATION), the institute underwent the bureaucratic equivalent of a psychotic breakdown. Its director, Dr. Stanley Yolles, 51, was summarily fired, and announced that he was seeking early retirement from Government service.

The trouble in HEW began at the top. Secretary Finch had tried to steer between the necessities of the Administration's...

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