Medicine: Dr. Berman's Spleen

Though he has long since turned in his scalpel, ex-Surgeon Edgar Berman still knows how to be cutting. A few years ago, he touched off feminist outrage by suggesting that women might be unfit for the presidency because of their "raging hormonal influences." Unchastened, the Maryland doctor-author, who limits his practice these days to a few old friends, including Senator Hubert Humphrey,* has now taken on a new adversary. In an outrageously satiric book titled The Solid Gold Stethoscope (Macmillan; $7.95), he lays open the foibles and failings of his fellow doctors.

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