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Tensions are running high in the American Medical Assn. over a divisive question: Should doctors form labor unions?

The issue erupted at the American Medical Assn.'s annual meeting, set to end on June 20 in Chicago. Three years ago, fired-up members forced their tradition-bound leadership to set up a group to help doctors form an AMA-sanctioned union. But resistance from AMA leaders, who fear that union-management tensions would compromise patient care, has stymied the group. Called Physicians for Responsible Negotiation (PRN), it has signed up only a few hundred docs since 1999.

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