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December 14, 1964


JAMA. 1964;190(11):17-18. doi:10.1001/jama.1964.03070240069034

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Peace Corps Medical Expansion.—  Peace Corps Director R. Sargent Shriver has announced a vast expansion of the corps' medical activities overseas. He said the corps is launching "a new health program to involve hundreds of physicians and thousands of other volunteers."Shriver disclosed the program in a recent speech. Following are excerpts:"This last year, during this period of experiment, we have had nearly 100 physicians serving with the Peace Corps, either as volunteers or as staff physicians through assignment from the US Public Health Service."We must double that number next year. And we need to go on from there to at least 500 Peace Corps doctors. With 500 doctors we can put 5,000 other volunteers to work effectively overseas,"The multiplier effect will go far beyond this. These programs will involve hundreds of thousands and ultimately millions of citizens of the developing nations."You have known for 20

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