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BEGINNING in October 1966 ophthalmology joined the American Medical Association sponsored Volunteer Physicians for Vietnam program. The eye program was originally conceived by Conrad Stone, MD, of Roanoke, Va, who persevered with the AMA and US Agency for International Development authorities to allow an ophthalmologist to be included in the two-month tour of duty. The site selected was the provincial hospital in Vinh Long located about 65 miles southwest of Saigon on the Mekong River. Much of the burden concerning procuring available space, assembling of necessary equipment, and locating adequately trained operating room personnel and technicians became a major undertaking for Dr. Stone. However, through his diligent efforts a satisfactory program was established, including a screening program of local school children for eye defects and diseases, particularly trachoma. (Interestingly, it was found that although trachoma was certainly present, it did not appear to be of the more virulent type commonly
Roberts CR, Reinecke RD. Vietnam Ophthalmology. Arch Ophthalmol. 1968;79(2):121–122. doi:10.1001/archopht.1968.03850040123001
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