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January 27, 1984

Exporting Doctors to a World in Need

JAMA. 1984;251(4):511-512. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340280061031

On Christmas Eve of 1983, despite mortar attacks on "peace-keeping Marines" in Beirut, terrorist bombing of shoppers at Harrod's in London, and air defenses being positioned near the White House, it is easy to write that mankind is one and physicians are brothers and sisters. I believe that giving is still the fundamental common denominator that attracts a person to a medical career. For hundreds of years people have entered the practice of medicine without regard to economic benefits. Economics need not be the principal driver.

We have been developing the theme of one medical world on these pages.1,2 With today's international theme issue, we hope to spark renewed interest in the global practice of medicine for some of our readers, especially current medical students and residents. There is a great mass of medically underserved human beings in need of care. Why not plan to give part of your