Medicine: Nursing Homes Under Fire

It is no secret that, with some notable exceptions, the nation's 23,000 nursing homes are dismal places owned by investors far more interested in turning a fast profit than in caring for their elderly patients. Ralph Nader's group described nursing homes with depressing accuracy in a 1970 report. Mary Mendelson, a Cleveland community-planning consultant, exposed the industry's seamy side last spring in her well-researched book Tender Loving Greed (TIME, June 3). Last week nursing homes were once again under scrutiny, this time by federal and state investigators. In Manhattan, a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging opened hearings...

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