Medicine: The Doctors' Union

As recently as a decade ago, the idea of unionizing was repugnant to most U.S. physicians. Now the notion appears to be more attractive. In the past several years, local physicians' unions have sprung up in San Francisco, Chicago, Ann Arbor, Mich., and in New York City, where members successfully struck for shorter hours last spring (TIME, March 31). Last week American medicine took another significant step toward unionization. Meeting in Washington, D.C., the Physicians National Housestaff Association, which claims to represent some 18,000 interns, residents and postgraduate fellows in teaching hospitals round...

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