Mahdi Malekpour, MD
Corresponding Author: Mahdi Malekpour, MD, Amir Alam Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran; e-mail, mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Malekpour M. One Thousand Kilometers. Ann Intern Med. 2012;156:321-322. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-156-4-201202210-00016
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(4):321-322.
It wasn't until midsummer when I finally managed to visit my friend, a family physician in a southeastern city in Iran near the Pakistan border. We had worked jointly on a few medical research projects, and at the time he was fulfilling a public service obligation, as was his wife in a nearby town.
I arrived, drained, at his office as dusk fell. His setup was just as I had imagined: a weather-beaten building, rudimentary equipment, a very basic medication cabinet, a few rooms in which to see patients, a terraced residence in the rear, and a dilapidated Land Rover next to the beat-up ambulance. My friend read my thoughts from the look on my face.
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