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February 1967

Letter to the Editor

Arch Dermatol. 1967;95(2):245-246. doi:10.1001/archderm.1967.01600320101022

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To the Editor.—  It was my privilege to spend the month of May 1966 in Afghanistan as a volunteer physician with Care/ Medico. Apparently I was the first dermatologist to ever offer his service to Care/ Medico and the first western dermatologist to work in Afghanistan. This central Asian, Moslem, landlocked country has approximately 600 physicians serving a population of about 13 million people, many of whom are nomads. There is a long-established medical school in Kabul and a new medical school operated by the Peace Corps in Jalalabad. The primary function of Care/ Medico visiting specialists is to teach the local physicians more modern medicine, and where possible, to work in cooperation with the faculties of the medical schools. This was accomplished at the University of Kabul Medical School through Dr. Abdul Wase Babury, professor of dermatology. He and his staff were extremely cooperative, excellent

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