Medicine: The Best M.D.s?

Doctors rank their own

Doctors like few things better than exchanging anecdotes about the deficiencies or skills of their colleagues. But most would rather give up their stethoscopes than publicly compare the relative abilities of their fellow physicians. Now, though, an enterprising medical writer, John Pekkanen, has enticed hundreds of doctors to rate some of their own. His new book, The Best Doctors in the U.S. (Seaview Books; $10.95), lists 2,500 of the nation's top specialists, judged so by their peers.

Pekkanen embarked on this two-year project with a personal sense of need....

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