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To the Editor.—
My attention has been drawn to the appreciative remarks published in The Journal on March 13, 1972 (p 1492) under the rubric INTERNATIONAL COMMENTS, and referring to an article of mine entitled "Comprehensive Medical Care Delivery Through a Church-Related Rural Health Programme in the Former Belgian Congo."To avoid any misapprehension, I should point out that the account given was a true picture of the situation as it existed until the year 1960. It was written as an "Occasional Paper" for the World Council of Churches to illustrate the thesis that long before comprehensive medical care and community medicine became fashionable talking points, there was a forward-looking program actually in operation in a developing country.Alas! "Independence" and the ensuing disturbances have sadly disrupted the whole setup as described, and the medical clock in the rural areas has been put back 40 years.
Browne SG. "Excellent Medical Care In Congo Tropics". JAMA. 1972;222(6):702. doi:10.1001/jama.1972.03210060052017
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