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Chemotherapy in the Rwandan Countryside: Universal Issues a World Away

Michael Postow, MD
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From Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY 10065.

Requests for Single Reprints: Michael Postow, MD, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, 1275 York Avenue, New York, NY 10065; e-mail, postowm@mskcc.org.

Ann Intern Med. 2012;156(1_Part_1):60-61. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-156-1-201201030-00014
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It was almost lunchtime. Outside the hospital in Rwanda, patients' family members formed a line behind a large, steaming pot of potatoes, awaiting the distribution of food to bring to their hospitalized loved ones. The women wore kitenges, patterned cloths wrapped around their waists that gently swept the sun-dried dirt as they walked. The men wore brightly colored shirts, unbuttoned to cope with the blistering heat. The single-file queue looked like a psychedelic caterpillar looping around the rural hospital's inpatient ward. Inside the hospital, the scene was less magical.





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