Medicine: Package Deal

In Quetta (pop. 84.000 humans, 20,000 camels), a thriving West Pakistan trade center 536 rugged miles north of Karachi, the crimson pomegranates-cbme big as softballs, and the government train arrives sporadically in a hiss of steam with stale copies of daily newspapers from Karachi and Lahore. These imports enjoy only a languid sale in the bazaar, for Quettans, with a literacy rate of 10.3%, are not the reading sort. Several misguided publishers have tried to give Quetta a daily newspaper of its own; the most successful of these lasted only 18 issues. Quettans...

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