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Book and Media Reviews
August 22/29, 2012

Made in India: A Film About Surrogacy

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

Author Affiliation: Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Torrance, California (

JAMA. 2012;308(8):818-819. doi:10.1001/jama.308.8.818

What is now called “medical tourism” was once largely a privilege of the elite. England's Bath, Germany's Baden Baden, and Belgium's Spa all achieved fame as places for Europe's wealthy to “take the waters” as cures for various health ailments.

Modern medical tourism is a much more diverse phenomenon and has a different clientele. Many of today's medical tourists are patients of modest means who travel to less developed nations for treatment that is unaffordable at home and much cheaper abroad. Their trips may include sightseeing but are motivated primarily by financial considerations.

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