TIMOTHY D. MASTRO, M.D.
To the editor: As former medical coordinator (1984-85) of the United Nations Border Relief Operation on the Thai-Cambodian border, I read Soffer and Wilde's recent article (1) on medicine in Cambodian refugee camps with great interest. One technical issue warrants correction. The 1985 budget for health and sanitation was US $27.00 per person. The figure of US $6.70 quoted by the authors reflects the per-person pharmacy supply utilization.
Although I agree with the authors' conclusion that refugee camp medicine may be rewarding for many in the medical profession, it should be borne in mind that curative medical care should not
TIMOTHY D. MASTRO. Health Care in Cambodian Refugee Camps. Ann Intern Med. 1987;106:173–174. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-106-1-173_2
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1987;106(1):173-174.
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