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February 3, 1962

Peace Corps Physician Volunteers

Author Affiliations

Director, Peace Corps, Washington, D.C.

JAMA. 1962;179(5):385. doi:10.1001/jama.1962.03050050075018

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Abstract

To the Editor:—  The Peace Corps is receiving requests for medical manpower assistance from developing countries of Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Our ability to respond to these requests will depend in great measure on the support of American physicians. I am hopeful that you will help us inform physicians that the Peace Corps offers them the opportunity to volunteer their services.Health authorities of developing nations are acutely aware of their health needs and are making great efforts to meet them. They face tremendous tasks in the clinical care of patients, the application of preventive health measures, and the training of medical personnel. The health measures needed for the treatment and control of such diseases as smallpox, malaria, schistosomiasis, leprosy, tuberculosis, and numerous other parasitic, communicable, and nutritional diseases are enormous. Besides these and many other conditions, which I am told physicians in this country face only rarely or

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