July 18th, 2004


Medical Alert

Medical Alert


California Drs. Richard Hahn and Lawrence Stock Prefer Working in the Jungles of Thailand. Their Disillusion With Medicine Back Home Signals a Medical System on the Brink.
Janet Wells
Janet Wells is a freelance writer based in the Bay Area.

July 11, 2004

For the first time in months, Richard Hahn is happy to be a doctor. In a ramshackle compound of cinderblock buildings near the western border of Thailand, the Southern California surgeon watches intently as his protégé medics treat a 20-year-old land-mine victim. He leans in for a closer look at what remains of the man's left leg—a gruesome tangle of flesh and bone sheared off mid-calf.

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