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December 4, 1991

Physicians With Heart

Author Affiliations

Rockville, Md

Rockville, Md

JAMA. 1991;266(21):2985. doi:10.1001/jama.1991.03470210053024

To the Editor.  —Medical News & Perspectives1 recently ran several articles on physicians whose efforts for the medically underserved have made a positive impact. Another such hero is H. Arnold Meyersburg, a psychiatrist in private practice in Kensington, Md. Almost two dozen years ago, as president of a voluntary tutoring group for children from low-income families, he became aware of their difficulty in obtaining health care in affluent Montgomery County, Maryland.Under Dr Meyersburg's leadership, perseverance, and activism, and with help from a few dedicated community leaders, Mobile Medical Care was born after a difficult labor and delivery. In April 1970, its first clinic opened in a church in Ken-Car, a low-income black community, literally "on the other side of the railroad tracks." The Ken-Car citizens' association helped coordinate activities, a small foundation donated seed money, the local Red Cross chapter offered supplies and recruited nurse volunteers, and a