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International Public Health in Third World Country Medical Missions

When Small Legs Walk, We All Stand a Little Taller

Daniel K. Lee Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, San Diego, CA.
Volunteer Surgical Faculty, Baja Project for Crippled Children, Los Angeles, CA.

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Stanley Weinstein Volunteer Surgical Faculty, Baja Project for Crippled Children, Los Angeles, CA.

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Medical and surgical missions in Third World countries are mentally, physically, and financially demanding; however, there are many foot and ankle surgeons volunteering their time because it provides high levels of personal and emotional satisfaction. After many years in the missionary field, we would like to share a compilation study of our long-term experience and outcomes from our international medical and surgical pediatric mission trips to Latin American countries. We hope to instill in others the same passion for this work by sharing our portion of contribution in this vast world of international public health. (J Am Podiatr Med Assoc 99(4): 371–376, 2009)

Corresponding author: Daniel K. Lee, DPM, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of California, San Diego, School of Medicine, 350 Dickinson St, MC 8894, San Diego, CA 92103. (E-mail: dklee@ucsd.edu)
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