× The Vanderbilt Television News Archive is currently closed to in-person research, but is still fulfilling loan requests. For the latest information about COVID-19 (coronavirus disease), visit vu.edu/coronavirus.
Search the Archive

Health / Unnecessary Surgery Study #255800

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Nov 09, 1978
View other clips in this broadcast →

Material supplied by VTNA may be used for educational analysis or research only. Any editing, reproduction, publication, rebroadcast, public showing or public display may be prohibited by copyright laws.

(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

Bjierre, Miriam;
Cronkite, Walter

Note to sponsor members: The Vanderbilt Television News Archive video player requires a modern operating system and browser to work properly. If you are experiencing playback problems, check the minimum requirements and adjust your setup accordingly. After adjustments, if you continue to experience problems, please contact us.

Welcome! Above is the abstract of the item that you're interested in viewing from the Vanderbilt Television News Archive's collection. You have three options if you'd like to view this item:

  • You may request a loan of this video by registering on our website and placing an order.
  • You may visit the Television News Archive on the Vanderbilt campus to view on-site from the Archive's collection.
  • If you are associated with a college or university, you may ask your library if they would like to become a sponsor, which would give students and faculty at your institution the ability to view items from our collection.

If you believe that you are associated with a sponsoring college or university and have received this message in error, please let us know.