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May 25, 1940

A Doctor's Holiday in Iran

JAMA. 1940;114(21):2144. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810210076035

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A metamorphosis has been going on in Persia, now called Iran, since the present shah, Riza Pahlavi, came to the throne about fourteen years ago. The change that is taking place is comparable to the metamorphosis that has occurred in Turkey under the rule of Kemal Pasha. The present shah rose from the ranks and came into 'this high office after a highly successful and popular service in the army. He is as different from his predecessors as is the new age in Iran from the twenty-five centuries of its history that have preceded him. He has risen through ability from poverty. He has common sense, much intelligence, is democratic, and although a dictator is consistently working toward a democracy. The author decided to go to Persia to observe social changes. Her book is an account of what she observed in traveling about the country, associating with natives in their

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