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June 3, 1992

Anthropology and Primary Health Care

Author Affiliations

Boyd, Mont

JAMA. 1992;267(21):2959. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03480210121045

Planning toward providing primary health care to all the world is, without argument, admirable in its humanistic vision. It calls for the finest of human effort and ingenuity. It is a goal not yet accomplished even in the wealthy industrial nations. The exertions that will be required, the funds and workers not yet recruited, and the infinitely detailed operational issues make the labors assigned to Hercules seem the wispiest of trivia.

The magnitude and variety of organizational problems seem now to have set the laborers in the field to attacks upon each other. This book, which airs their weariness and frustration, seems to be intended for consumption within the World Health Organization bureaucracy.

A physician (for the purposes of review in a medical journal) might pick up this softcover book of 14 essays prepared to learn about primary medical care and the social sciences, but put it down somewhat shaken,