My U.S. News & World Report arrived, announcing the "best hospitals" in America. I immediately looked to see if my favorite facility here in Chicago had made the list. Only in certain categories in the highly specialized rankings, it turns out. Nevertheless, the article had its intended effect--I read long enough to notice the various advertisements. Pardon my skepticism, but you will not convince me that it is the duty of American magazines to go about ranking the performance of American hospitals.