March 01, 2008

Rural Medicine: Remedies and Realities

“Remedies and realities of rural Russian medicine”


Igor pulled up to the local hospital in our UAZ jeep and ran around to the passenger side to pull me out. I winced as he lifted me out and carried me up the crumbling steps to the entryway. Inside, the building was dark, damp, and quiet. After some searching, Igor found a nurse, who directed us into a small room with a three-legged bathtub in the middle. Tiles were missing from the walls and the floor and one of the windowpanes was broken. Soon a man in a white smock and a tall white hat resembling that of a pizza chef came in and pointed me to a low bench in the next room.

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