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To the Editor:—
Having just read the article, "American Medicine Abroad—Hong Kong," by Lou Hazam, in the Aug. 24 issue of The Journal, page 1968, I am prompted to write. Because the itinerary of the "March of Medicine" production team, sponsored by Smith, Kline & French Laboratories, is so near to Taiwan ( Free China ), we wish you could even now include this field of medical work in that story. The 35-bed hospital here, located very near the ocean, with a backdrop of "straight-up" mountains, is unique in that it is the only one serving the 150,000 mountain people, the aborigines of the island. Many walk days to get help, patients are often brought long distances on the backs of relatives—it is a daily picture. They are the most needy, living still very close to their original ways, colorful and interesting, having given up headhunting and tattooing of the face only
Pankratz PJ. MEDICAL LIFE IN TAIWAN. JAMA. 1957;165(11):1486. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980290126019
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