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October 17, 1959


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1340 Dodge St. Dubuque, Iowa.

JAMA. 1959;171(7):1029. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010250167020

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To the Editor:—  Having spent seven years in the Orient, most of that time on the staff of a struggling union medical college in China, I hasten to agree with Dr. Karl M. Bowman and Dr. Francis S. Smyth (J. A. M. A.170:2130 [Aug. 22]) concerning the most efficient way to invest American dollars for medical work overseas. Namely, I share their concern over the wisdom of spending $3,500,000 to send the hospital ship "Consolation" to Southeast Asia. This tremendous sum of money judiciously invested through any of the well-recognized channels for overseas medical work would almost certainly do more lasting and long-term good than the hospital ship extravaganza.In addition to the China Medical Board and the Rockefeller Foundation mentioned by Dr. Smyth, there are numerous other thoroughly competent and experienced groups and persons whose help would insure the wise investment of American dollars overseas. Most of

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