Medicine: Futures for Sale

To finance their education, needy medical students have long peddled everything from magazine subscriptions to their own blood. Now, two students at the Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit are suggesting that prospective doctors sell a more valuable commodity—a piece of their future. Aware that many small towns need doctors, particularly general practitioners, Sol Edelstein, 24, and Douglas Jackson, 26, are offering in effect to indenture themselves to any community that is willing to pay the cost of their medical education.

Encouraging Response. Edelstein, president of Wayne State's medical student council, and Jackson, student-faculty council representative, got the idea last...

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