Medicine: Village Clinic

In the western world, medicine is giving disease a run for its money. In the East, disease is still laps and laps ahead.

India's Madras Province has 60 million people and the population is still growing. The number of doctors in Madras is dwindling: they die off faster than its four medical schools can replace them. All but 200 of the province's 8,500 doctors are in cities, where they can make a living; in the villages, peasants are lucky to earn 10ยข a day.

Conscience & Cow Dung. Only 17 miles from the city of Madras (pop. 1,000,000) is the village of Alamadi...

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