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January 3, 1966

Physicians for Vietnam

JAMA. 1966;195(1):48-49. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100010104038

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To the Editor:—  Perhaps this letter will provide some impetus to the program to find doctors for volunteer work in Vietnam. The initiative displayed by the AMA deserves further stimulus in a seriously needy area.I am currently serving with the Army here, and part of my time is spent doing what the Armed Forces describe as "civic action." For me, this has meant going into a small village with a limited amount of medical supplies to set up a temporary aid station and holding a "sick call."On my first venture into a small village of approximately 400 people, I held "sick call" for perhaps 90 minutes. During this time 25 patients or more made visits. This village had been without medical assistance of any kind for six months, following an unhappy visit from the Vietcong to the area, in which the village chief and other officers were killed.

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