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Health / Unnecessary Surgery Study #255800

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 09, 1978
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(Studio) Oliver Wendell Holmes, Senior's, comment on use of drugs in medical treatment quoted. New study on necessity of some elective surgery reported.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Los Angeles, California) California physicians' boycott of all but serious or emergency surgery, in protest of high malpractice insurance rates in 1976, recalled; details given. Results of study by University of California at Los Angeles and state health department researchers, showing drop in death rate in California's most populous areas when there was less surgery, reported Figs. for deaths in Los Angeles Cnty. during slowdown contrasted to those in past. [California state health department spokesperson Jerome L. SCHWARTZ - says study indicates people should be cautious about undergoing surgery.] physicians' response to study reported [Los Angeles Cnty. Med. Association spokesperson Dr. Richard CORLIN - says benefits of surgery must be weighed against risks.]
REPORTER: Miriam Bjierre

Reporter(s):
Bjierre, Miriam;
Cronkite, Walter
Duration:
00:02:50

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