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February 12, 1916

Training of Medical Missionaries

Author Affiliations

Nakawn Sritamarat, Malay Peninsula. Superintendent, Sritamarat Memorial Hospital.

JAMA. 1916;LXVI(7):529. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580330063032

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To the Editor:  —Apropos the Current Comment on the "Training of Medical Missionaries" (The Journal, Aug. 21, 1915, p. 723), I am moved to give a bit of personal testimony in the hope that it may, by virtue of its coming as a voice from the other side of the world, have the added effect that Dives hoped for, in his conversation with Abraham, as recorded in the sixteenth chapter of St. Luke. I am not dead, rather very much alive to some things, even more so than when living in America. Here in southern Asia, a doctor must be alive, if he would even attempt to diagnose properly and treat the many diseases that occur in his practice. In America I conceived the idea that a medical missionary should be an "all around doctor." Here I have realized that he must be more than that. If he would be

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