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June 4, 1982

Victor Sidel, MD: builder of bridges

JAMA. 1982;247(21):2875-2877. doi:10.1001/jama.1982.03320460003001

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Harvard's 1957 medical class gathers in Boston for its 25th reunion a week from today, and the lead-off speaker is expected to leave these now middle-aged physicians with plenty to ponder.

And then the energetic speaker will hurry off—not back to the Bronx, NY, where he has lived and worked for 13 years, but rather to begin a journey more than halfway around the world. Almost before the day is over, Victor W. Sidel, MD, will arrive in the People's Republic of China for his fifth visit.

Thus June 11 hardly will be a typical day—even for Sidel—at least in terms of scheduling. But it will typify his past, present, and possibly future activities in areas of social concern.

These days, Sidel, who is professor and chairman, Department of Social Medicine, Montefiore Hospital and Medical Center, Albert Einstein College of Medicine, usually is identified with the ideas that he espouses