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October 14, 1992

Whither Thou Goest... I Will Go

JAMA. 1992;268(14):1945. doi:10.1001/jama.1992.03490140153065

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A typical [Tanzanian] woman on her long walk to the market had a load of produce on her head, a baby on her back, perhaps she was pregnant, and, in order not to be idle, she crocheted or knitted as she walked along. Once at the market, she might gossip a little, but otherwise, she did not waste her time.

Dr Grace Holmes' description could be a metaphor for her own life. Within three years of medical school graduation, she and her classmate husband were in Malaya, raising a multiracial family that would grow to six children and working a Lutheran medical mission. Her account of their married and family life through academics at the University of Kansas Medical Center, with two interim years in Tanzania, mixes parenting and promotion troubles, instructing students and carpooling, raising a disabled daughter and teaching developmental pediatrics, publishing a series on 1500 African newborn