Medicine: Hints for Busy Doctors

Dr. Walter C. Alvarez, a famed internist at the Mayo Clinic — a tall, twinkly, immensely popular physician with a hard-boiled attitude toward illness — last week wrote a prescription for one of the prime problems of wartime medicine, too few doctors with too many civilian patients. The prescription offered by Dr. Alvarez in the A.M. A. Journal: dispose of patients faster by abler diagnosis. Its two chief ingredients: 1) distinguish between the really sick and the chronic complainers; 2) use a few. shrewd questions, which often yield a better diagnosis than...