Bleak Days For Doctors

The A.M.A. flap isn't all that's amiss. Physicians are fed up, dropping out and even selling Amway

When Dr. George Lundberg was fired last month as editor of the Journal of the American Medical Association, he didn't get mad. He started talking to 60 Minutes. That alarmed the A.M.A. even more than its original gripe with Lundberg--his decision to publish a study on oral sex just as the impeachment trial was starting--and the board quickly began negotiations to rehire him.

To outside observers, it was one more example of how far the A.M.A., and by extension the entire medical profession, has fallen. In the group's heyday in the early 1960s, 70% of practicing physicians were members, and...

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