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March 16, 1957


JAMA. 1957;163(11):975. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02970460065021

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To the Editor:—  The states of Utah, Colorado, New Mexico, and Arizona meet at an ill-defined area called the Four Corners. This vast, beautiful but desolate land of rocky mountains and sage-covered sand is the home of the Navaho Indians. Bluff, Utah, is a tiny settlement of 18 houses. Two miles from here up the San Juan River is St. Christopher's mission to the Navaho—a cluster of one-story rock and adobe buildings in the style of the early western missions of some hundred years ago. Here Father Liebler and other workers, both clerical and lay, of the Episcopal Church minister to the Navahoes. Here they give state-approved schooling for the children, medical care in their year-old 12-bed hospital, and government surplus food such as eggs, butter, and milk. For the past several years I have flown into this isolated community on monthly trips with various other doctors. I was unable

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