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February 4, 1956


Author Affiliations

Director General, Marquette League, Inc. for Catholic Indian Missions 289 Fourth Ave. New York 10.

JAMA. 1956;160(5):415. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960400073024

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To the Editor:—  The Navajo Indians are the sickest group of people in the United States and have the least medical care. As late as 1954, Dr. John Shaw, chief of the medical branch of the United States Indian Bureau, reported that there were 3,000 "seeding" cases of tuberculosis among the 75,000 Navajos that were not hospitalized. Life expectancy is 20 years; one baby out of every four dies before the age of 5. We have two dispensaries on the Navajo reservation administered by trained nurses. One dispensary is located in a remote section of the reservation, some 100 miles from the nearest hospital, doctor, or drugstore. Samples of drugs, especially vitamins, will be much appreciated by us. Perhaps some public-spirited doctors may not only send us sample drugs they are not using but may give us some of their valuable time. We have had several physicians spend their vacations

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