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December 14, 1984

Health in the Guatemalan Highlands

Author Affiliations

Portland, Ore

JAMA. 1984;252(22):3187-3188. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03350220085044

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Are you weary of bad news about the health of the millions who eke out an existence in the Third World? Of the dollars of government aid mindlessly wasted through bureaucratic bungling and corruption? Well, here is an antidote to all that is frightful in the account of the US intervention in Central America. Health in the Guatemalan Highlands is a brief tale told with words of the people and illustrated with their faces, smiling or in pain, but always replete with human dignity. This is a true tale with that rarest of modern plots—a genuine hero who sets out to make a difference for the poorest of the poor, and who succeeded.

The book tells the saga of Dr Carroll Behrhorst, profiled in the JAMA CONTEMPO issue 1980;243:2139, whom I know through his membership on the Steering Committee of the Club of Kos.

In 1962, Dr Behrhorst left his