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May 26, 1951


JAMA. 1951;146(4):393-394. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.03670040093023

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Medicine in the Belgian Congo.  —After his trip to the Belgian Congo, Dr. L. Mayer presented to the Association of the Belgian Medical Press a report on the present state of medicine in the colony. He made a detailed analysis of the status of the doctor and his family. The initial yearly salary of a doctor working for the government amounts to approximately 200,000 Belgian francs, after deduction of all taxes. Lodging conditions are statisfactory, and elementary or secondary schools are available almost everywhere. There are other material advantages, including allowances for room and board in the colony for the doctor and his family and pensions.The scientific attractions include completely modern installations, and medical assistants and hospital attendants comparable to the best nurses. The training of sanitary personnel is extensive. The official teaching, especially developed in Leopoldville, Usumbura and Stanleyville, includes a school for medical assistants, a school for

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