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February 29, 1908

TRAVEL NOTES FROM SOUTH AMERICA.THE LATE

JAMA. 1908;L(9):685-687. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310350031002

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Abstract

XII. MEDICAL PERU. 

THE MEDICAL PROFESSION OF AREQUIPA.  Arequipa has eighteen physicians, a number apparently too large for a city of 45,000 inhabitants, of whom more than one-half are Indians who never expect to pay for medical services. Visits and office consultations on an average do not bring more than $1, and $10,000 a year is considered a very large income, to be attained only by a very few. Arequipa has a medical society of which Dr. Hunter is honorary president, and which meets weekly. All the local physicians, including an advertising homeopath, are members. Most of the physicians are graduates of the Lima Medical School, but quite a number of them have taken postgraduate courses in Europe, and in that way many of the new discoveries and much of the advancement in medicine have been transplanted to the virgin soil of Peru. Some of the physicians read the European

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