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Time Magazine Contents PageVol. 134 No. 5 JULY 31, 1989

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COVER: Under fire from all sides, the doctor-patient relationship is battered, bruised and in need of repair

American physicians are teetering on their lofty pedestals. Never have doctors been able to do so much for their patients, and rarely have patients seemed so ungrateful. Today’s doctors must contend with ever changing technology, ever threatening lawsuits and a medical-industrial complex second-guessing their every decision. No wonder they often feel as sick as their patients. See LIVING.


NATION: A heroic captain guides his crippled DC-10 to a crash landing in an Iowa cornfield. Miraculously, 186 survive

Fate and circumstance combine to limit the death toll in what is nevertheless the tenth worst air crash in U.S. history. — On the diplomatic front: a senior U.S. foreign service officer is suspected of espionage, and George Bush is accused of giving embassy jobs to wealthy but unqualified supporters. — The Stealth bomber takes to the skies — but Congress may shoot it down.


WORLD: Strikes by more than 200,000 restless workers break out in the Soviet Union’s coalfields

Will the “revolution from below” accelerate Gorbachev’s ambitious plans for reform or tear the country apart? — A breakthrough in U.S.-Soviet negotiations over the elimination of chemical weapons heralds progress on the thorny verification issue. — Fighting at breathtaking altitudes, Indians and Pakistanis remain locked in an icy stalemate over a Himalayan boundary.


BUSINESS: The economy is adrift in the doldrums

As Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan acknowledges the threat of a recession and Detroit faces slumping car sales, economists debate how painful the slowdown may become.


BEHAVIOR: A fatal obsession with the stars

A young actress’s murder in Los Angeles, allegedly by an ardent admirer, points up an increasingly worrisome problem for celebrities: deranged fans.


EDUCATION: The plight of the Palestinians

For the past 17 months, Israel has virtually shut down West Bank classrooms, from kindergartens to universities. Now the government may allow some schools to be reopened.


LAW: Tracking down the elusive Green River killer

In the nation’s worst unsolved serial-murder case, a seven-year manhunt has finally produced a suspect: a 38-year-old former law student with a mysterious past.


PROFILE: The President’s eldest makes his mark

Long in the shadow of his famous father, George W. Bush now has a ball team of his own, and thoughts of becoming a politician too someday.


CINEMA: Adult movies with wit, love and a little sex

A man and a woman share secrets, make each other laugh and squirm. What a novel idea for a movie! Two funny, poignant movies: sex, lies, and videotape and When Harry Met Sally . . .


ART: From Japan, new work that defies tradition

In the first major U.S. museum show of contemporary Japanese art in more than two decades, artists look at nature and at the making of art in unexpected ways.


ESSAY: Ideas are too important to ignore

Tolerance opposes censorship to make for freedom of expression. Censure, the free expression of disapproval, mobilizes social opprobrium.

9 Critics’ Choice

10 Letters

44 Religion

46 Environment

59 People

63 Books

64 Music

67 Milestones

Cover: Illustration by Robert Giusti

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