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May 31, 1952

EXPERT MEDICAL ADVICE FOR FOREIGN COUNTRIES

JAMA. 1952;149(5):486. doi:10.1001/jama.1952.02930220076017

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Abstract

The United States of America has been particularly fortunate as its health activities have increased. The availability of education, the flow of materials for production, and the high standards of living have permitted this nation to assume a leadership of which it can be proud. And yet at the same time this leadership can be a means of flagrant abuse if it is not closely watched. For example, countries that are temporarily less fortunate but who wish help so that they too can apply the benefits of modern knowledge to their people may turn to the United States for advice. If the services of properly qualified persons are proffered, the outcome will be satisfactory to all. Too often, however, when one government seeks help from another, the wrong "experts" are sent in response. Instead of men and women who are qualified on the basis of actual experience, others who qualify

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