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May 4, 1957

LAOS MEDICAL MISSION

JAMA. 1957;164(1):52-53. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980010054013

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Abstract

About eight months ago, young Dr. Thomas A. Dooley returned to Laos in the Far East, to continue the great work he had undertaken while a Navy medical officer caring for and helping refugees who were trying "to escape, to crack through this [iron and bamboo] curtain and achieve or regain their liberty."

While a Navy officer, he had improvised a medical camp at Haiphong in North Viet-Nam during this flight for freedom in that region. In an editorial in The Journal, September 1, 1956, he said, "I saw 600,000 who fled. The memory returns like a searing flame. Their anguish. Their panic. Their tears. Their haggard women.... The death. No one who has ever witnessed such a heartbreaking exodus will forget it for the rest of his life."

Dr. Dooley wrote also a widely read book, "Deliver Us from Evil," in which this experience was described, and the royalties

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