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ECUMENICAL MEDICINE

JAMA. 1960;173(4):376. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020220050012.
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Ecumenical (Gr., oikoumenikos—the inhabited world) medicine means different things to different physicians. It means a world-wide major program of medical missionary work to Dr. Paul S. Rhoads, Chairman of the Medical Committee of the Commission on Ecumenical Mission and Relations of the United Presbyterian Church in the United States.1 One of the largest undertakings in this secular program is in Cameroun, a land south and west of Nigeria, in mid-Africa. There are 13 physicians assigned to Cameroun, working in 8 hospitals, 10 dispensaries, 4 leprosy projects, and one dental clinic.

Four projects are allocated to a single disease, leprosy. This will not be a surprise to the informed, however, since there are more than 12 million cases of leprosy in the world today. There are a total of 10 leprosy projects sponsored by the Presbyterian Ecumenical Program. In Pakistan the program supports five hospitals. There are three medical

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