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October 14, 1998

Medical Care at the Olympics

Author Affiliations

Margaret A.WinkerMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorPhil B.FontanarosaMD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 1998;280(14):1229-1230. doi:10-1001/pubs.JAMA-ISSN-0098-7484-280-14-jbk1014

To the Editor.—As a physician volunteer who was involved in the 1996 Centennial Olympic Games, I agree that the Olympics are unique by serving as a clinical laboratory to promote health care improvement at less well-recognized events.13 For many, the Olympics represent a once-in-a-lifetime experience. Although such events generally focus on provision of care to "well persons,"4 the Olympics draw spectators such as the young woman I saw with end-stage liver disease (who had undergone 3 liver transplants) coming to Atlanta for what she believed to be a final fling.

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