Health and Private Doctors
by Daisy Lee Worthington Worcester
Co-Author, Volume 15 of the Federal Investigation of Women and
Photo Hiram Myers
A-a-a-h!" Hard times send to clinics flocks of sick
people who ordinarily
would go to a private doctor and cheerfully pay his fee.
It is hard on doctor, clinic
and taxpayer but part of the price of the public's health
in bad times as in good
Rugged individualism, to quote
William T. Foster, left us with many far from rugged individuals.
In good times as in bad, millions of Americans suffer avoidable
illness and death, and tens of thousands of doctors and nurses
struggle against skimped income and professional opportunity.
This article and the three which follow, continuing a long-standing
interest of Survey Graphic, consider some of today's advances,
setbacks and urgencies in organized action for health. Coming
issues will carry on that topic, relating the common stake of
patients, practitioners and the public to planning for the nation's