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May 4, 1957


JAMA. 1957;164(1):90-91. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980010092022

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To the Editor:—  In the Sept. 1, 1956, issue of The Journal, page 38, my editorial telling of our projected medical mission to Laos was published. We have been here now for six months. I would like to thank the hundreds of doctors who have written and helped me and tell them something of what has passed, reference we four "Mekong Medicine Men."Our mission has two ends. Because I am a doctor, my duty is to the people who need doctors. They are needed here. That is simple. The second end of our mission is to make a sober, honest effort to show Asians who have never seen an American just what four of us are like. This is not always so simple.The minister of health of Laos is the only doctor in the kingdom, by international standards. When we arrived he asked me to set up the

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