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January 3, 1966

Surgical Team in South Vietnam

JAMA. 1966;195(1):49. doi:10.1001/jama.1966.03100010105039

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To the Editor:—  Life really is not so bad here. We are pretty safe in Cantho. Danger is more of a threat than a reality as long as we stay in the cities. Though there is fighting all around us, most of the towns of any importance are secure. The difficulty lies in the fact that 80% of the population in this country lives in rural areas, knows nothing of strong central government evcept that its people come around once a year to collect taxes and that it owns the planes that bomb their villages. We are part of the large concentrated effort to acquaint the common people with the positive aspect of government. We and others are showing them that their government, with the help of Uncle Sam, is their best bet for a healthy, secure life. Military aid is only about 20% of what these people need, but

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