A memorable patient: It's the community that counts

BMJ 1997; 315 doi: (Published 05 July 1997) Cite this as: BMJ 1997;315:j
  1. Samuel Ghebrehewet, research fellow in public health
  1. Liverpool

    Soon after qualifying in 1988 I was assigned to a remote health centre in Ethiopia. People would travel for days to reach the centre and then queue for hours to see a doctor. During this time I encountered an old man with his son who were to change my outlook on public health.

    The old man had brought his son to be treated. They were both diagnosed as having scabies and were given appropriate instructions and prescriptions. But the old …

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