Medicine: Egeberg's Successor

From the moment he took office nearly two years ago as the nation's chief health officer, Dr. Roger Egeberg was shunned like a man with a permanent case of flu. A Democrat among Republicans, Egeberg had been the Administration's second choice for the job of Assistant Secretary for Health and Scientific Affairs in the Department of Health, Education and Welfare. The first choice, Dr. John Knowles, was dumped under pressure from conservatives in the American Medical Association. Within a year, rumor had it that Egeberg would be dumped as well. He had publicly...

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