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November 1960

An Evaluation of Medical Mission Work in Africa

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9822 E. Sprague Ave., Spokane 63, Wash.

Arch Intern Med. 1960;106(5):591-595. doi:10.1001/archinte.1960.03820050003002

Much has been written and said about medical missions. In the last few years it has become as popular to visit an African medical mission as it is to have a private interview with Khrushchev. Also, in every medical class there are many idealistic young persons one or more of whom plan to become missionaries. Because of this recent popularity of the medical mission work, it is felt that a review of a mission experience is worthwhile presenting and evaluating. The impressions and opinions expressed are derived from approximately five years' experience on the East African mission field in which I served as director of a small hospital and as a representative on the mission's general administrative committee, a member of the government grants-in-aid to missions committee, and a member of the territorial medical education advisory committee. During these five years, considerable time was spent traveling about a portion of