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Medical News & Perspectives
November 18, 1998

Physician Rapprochement Presaged NATO Entry

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JAMA. 1998;280(19):1647. doi:10.1001/jama.280.19.1647-JMN1118-3-1

WHEN PHYSICIANS MEET at Baltonfoldvar beside Lake Balaton in western Hungary next September for the seventh annual American-Hungarian Military Medical Conference, the US armed forces medical people will have been part of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) for a half century while Hungary's military medics will have been in that alliance for just a half year.

Military medical cooperation between the two nations is cited by US command officials in Europe as one of the leading success stories in the preparations for Hungary's entry into NATO next spring. Since 1993, military physicians from Hungary and the United States have met in joint scientific meetings, an approach that US forces in Europe plan to use with medical counterparts from two other would-be NATO member nations, Poland and the Czech Republic.