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September 8, 1923


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Wellesley Hills, Mass.

JAMA. 1923;81(10):848-849. doi:10.1001/jama.1923.02650100056034

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To the Editor:  —In The Journal, Aug. 14, 1920, appeared a communication of mine on conditions in the Indian Medical Service, which has since been reprinted in the congressional hearings on the Pueblo land question. The conditions set forth at the time have remained practically unchanged, certainly as far as the vast Navajo Reservation is concerned, with which I am most familiar.The present situation is deplorable and is evidence of most regrettable apathy on the part of the nation which has assumed responsibility for the medical needs of the Indian population on reservations or otherwise under government jurisdiction. The physicians are inadequately compensated for arduous services, the equipment is generally poor or antiquated, and the hospital facilities are insufficient, considering the area to be served. Ambulances or other suitable forms of transportation for patients are entirely wanting, although a large number of the Indians live remote from the agencies

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