August 31, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(18):2080-2082. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.62980180016023

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There is a good chance that we have found the American doctor who is serving in the most remote and inaccessible region of the world. We believe that that doctor is Dr. Carl Friedericks whom we visited in Tansen, Nepal.

North of India, in the towering foothills of the earth's highest mountains, the Himalayas, Dr. Friedericks cannot be reached by plane, train, car, or boat— but only by days of the most arduous climbing over steep and primitive mountain trails, fording streams, and crossing plains... two days, at least for the uninitiated, from the small, thatch-roofed town where the last conveyance, a rickety bus, deposits you.

First, to come by the route we followed, one must fly over the chain of mountains known as the Maha Bharat range to reach the capital of Nepal, which is Katmandu. This is an experience in itself. Recently, when late out of Burma I

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