Doctors: Who May Assist a Surgeon?

By any standard, drilling holes in a man's skull, sawing a trap door out of it, or sewing up the parchmentlike covering of his brain is a drastic opera tion. But does it constitute practicing medicine? This was the question that confronted a Justice Court jury in Redding, Calif., last week as Roger Whittaker, 26, went on trial, charged with the practice of medicine without a license. At the same time, Neurosurgeon George C. Stevenson was charged with having aided and abetted Whittaker by letting him do these things.

The basic facts were...

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