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March 3, 2010

Where There Is No Doctor

JAMA. 2010;303(9):885-886. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.244

Most of the world lacks qualified medical personnel to serve the basic needs of patients. A prominent network of global health leaders recently concluded that in many countries it is simply not feasible to improve health by increasing the numbers of physicians and nurses.1 In these countries, nontraditional resources are relied on for much of the needed medical guidance. In many of these countries, medications are available for purchase without prescriptions, and nonprofessionals try their best to use these powerful medications to heal.

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