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December 22, 1956


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American Medical Society of Vienna 11 Universitatstrasse Vienna 1, Austria.

JAMA. 1956;162(17):1568. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02970340058020

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To the Editor:—  Since I last wrote to you the situation here has deteriorated drastically! During the past two days over 118 Hungarian doctors have escaped over the Austrian border. As of 18:00 hours last night, 218 refugee doctors had registered in Vienna alone! It is estimated that more than 100 refugee doctors and their families are now being screened at the border stations and will shortly flood into Vienna. The reason for this sudden panic-stricken exodus is that the Communist Secret Police are arresting all physicians who had treated the revolutionaries for wounds and who did not report the details to the police. According to the reports of the physicians who have arrived here during the past two days, several hundred Hungarian doctors have been arrested and detained in the A.V.O. (Secret Police) headquarters throughout Hungary. The doctors escaping into Austria arrive here absolutely penniless. The Hungarian florin presently

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