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July 1960

Diseases in a Mission Hospital in Northwest India (Ludhiana Medical Center): A Nine-Year Survey

Author Affiliations

Ludhiana, Punjab, India

Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(1):39-47. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820010041008

For six years Dr. Frederick Scovel was Chairman of the Department of Medicine at Christian Medical College, Ludhiana. Prior to that he had been in charge of a mission hospital in China for many years. He was asked to make this report so that physicians in this country could compare their experience with disease to that of their colleagues serving in Asia. This modest factual report will debunk some fallacious impressions commonly held in this country—for instance, that hypertension is not widespread in China and India. It will point up the fact also that widespread travel and rapid communications have changed the face of medicine throughout the world.

I had the opportunity of visiting Ludhiana Medical Center ten years ago at the period when the cost of patient care there was thirty cents a day. No one dreamed at that time that cardiac surgery and other very modern medical procedures

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