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Medical News and Perspectives
January 11, 1995

Memories Remain of Rwandan Medical Mission

JAMA. 1995;273(2):96. doi:10.1001/jama.1995.03520260012004

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Abstract

RWANDA IS gone from the news for the moment. But the region remains in the memories of physicians who helped size up the situation for US military medicine early in the crisis.

Among these physicians are Ann P. Fallon, MD, MPH, a US Navy lieutenant commander stationed in Naples, Italy, pending assignment to the National Naval Medical Center, Bethesda, Md, and Michael E. Neuland, MD, a US Air Force colonel who is chief of clinical medicine, Ramstein Air Base, Germany.

If their memories of the area were not vivid enough, the medical, refugee, and political problems that continue to simmer in Rwanda and in neighboring Burundi and Zaire doubtless would be constant reminders. British, Australian, Canadian, Israeli, and German military medical units remained in Rwanda somewhat longer, providing what help they could, but—like military medical units— some voluntary medical relief agencies have pulled out and United Nations Secretary General Boutros

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