Lessons from Iquitos

In an Iquitos, Peru, hospital conditions are harsh. Thermometers, blood pressure cuffs, ultrasound machines and other basic equipment and supplies are lacking.
That puts a lot of pressure on doctors like Ernesto Salazar, the area’s lone brain surgeon. He makes $24,000 a year, and pays for most of his equipment himself.
Through a University of California, Los Angeles, partnership, medical students travel to study under Salazar and give him a hand. But they are learning valuable lessons from him about diagnosing and treating patients without high-tech aids—lessons that aren’t emphasized back home, yet are increasingly needed in American’s rural areas.

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