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Document of the month: January 2018

"The Island Doctor"
It is from Lochmaddy on North Uist, in the Outer Hebrides of Scotland, that the family doctor runs his scattered practice. There he tends 1900 patients spread over an area of more than 100 square miles of hills and lochs.
It is an area where the doctor must be a man of the people. He would be capable of healing not only diseases but also worries.
His four district nurses work hard long hours in allweather. Sometimes a boat is needed to visit patients.
WHO Photo by Denis Straughan. United Kingdom, 1962.

Doctor and nurse on a boat
WHO/Denis Straughan

Taken from the "Photographic Archives, Sub-fonds Photographs"

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