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May 31, 1965


JAMA. 1965;192(9):777. doi:10.1001/jama.1965.03080220041012

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In a policy speech at Johns Hopkins University on April 7, President Johnson proposed constructive efforts on three major fronts in Southeast Asia. The most immediate task in South Vietnam is a military one; the long-range goals are to rid the area of pestilence and provide enough food for the population. None of these efforts can be realized independently. In fact, it is through constant disruption of disease control and food production that aggressors are able to exert much of their military pressure.

A physician, recently returned from service with MEDICO, describes in this issue of The Journal (p 156) poor sanitation, lack of medical facilities (280 civilian doctors for a population of 15 million), nutritional and dietary problems, and the prevalence of diseases which thrive on such deficiencies. One circumstance not widely known is the Viet Cong interference with malaria control. According to the report, as a result of

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