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Books, Journals, New Media
March 24/31, 2004

Poverty Medicine

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2004;291(12):1509-1510. doi:10.1001/jama.291.12.1509

"Poverty screeches and screams," writes Raymond Downing, "but something behind it is singing." After spending most of his life confronting poverty's scream and trying to discern the singing behind it, Downing shares an account of his journey in The Wedding Goes On Without Us. This volume is actually two related books: the first, a narrative describing the trajectory taken by him and his wife, Janice Armstrong, both physicians, from rural Appalachia through rural East Africa; the second, Bury Me Naked, stories of and dialogues with individuals he has met in the course of his African life.