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April 2, 1892

A Good Russian Physician.

JAMA. 1892;XVIII(14):434-435. doi:10.1001/jama.1892.02411180026011

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—Le Progrés Medical reports the case of a large-hearted Russian practitioner, residing in the famine stricken district. Visiting the sick of his locality, the doctor found that in many instances the sickness was largely caused by hunger. For the most needy he wrote out prescriptions, calling for "six pounds of pure rye flour in doses of two pounds per diem." He ordered his patients to get the medicine at the drug store of the nearest village or town, where it would be obtainable for the sick free of charge to them. The worthy doctor made arrangemants with the druggists to supply the flour at his expense. In this way the sick of his district will be kept from dying by sheer starvation.

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