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To the Editor:—
When a physician plans a trip to some foreign country, he will miss a great deal if he overlooks the fact that he is a doctor. The purpose of this letter is to suggest that the physician use some of his vacation time for international good will, for the exchange of ideas with colleagues in other countries, and for the personal satisfaction of being a humanitarian. We may not turn out to be as selfless and effective as Albert Schweitzer, but we should carry out some of the traditions of the Hippocratic oath. I believe that members of the medical profession can create more international good will and help more to lessen international and interracial tension than all the millions of dollars our paternalistic government is pouring into dams, factories, and good-will missions. The reasons are self-evident. Official government missions, with the best of intentions and the
Behrman HT. THE DOCTOR ABROAD. JAMA. 1960;172(10):1082–1083. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020100090021