IAN MADDOCKS, M.D., F.A.R.C.P.
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Papua New Guinea, Australia's only colonial venture, is one of the last developing countries headed for self-government; the date set is December of this year. Although Papua New Guinea has fewer than three million people, the problem of administering the country has been complex, partly because of the rugged terrain and partly because of the multiplicity of small, mutually suspicious language groups—over 700 of them.
Because the tropical crops produced in Papua New Guinea compete with difficulty in the overcrowded world market, the development of the country has depended heavily on support from Australia. In the post-World War II period,
IAN MADDOCKS. Papua New Guinea 1973. Ann Intern Med. 1973;78:968–969. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-78-6-968
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1973;78(6):968-969.
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