Kontum Central Highlands, S. Vietnam:

Feb. 1969 � Nov. 1970

Minh Quy Hospital

This hospital was founded in 1959 by Dr Patricia Smith. Her concern for the Montagnard hill tribesmen inhabiting the area, grew following a year spent in the lepresarium outside Kontum. From Seattle, Washington, Pat was a force of nature. Her powerhouse of energy cut through 20 years of warfare to bring health care to the tribes of this beautiful area.

Here I nursed every manner of war injury; a variety of tropical diseases and twice saw outbreaks of the Bubonic Plague. The lessons I learned from Dr Smith and her staff have served as a template for my life.

No one who visited Minh Quy will ever forget her or the gentle people she cared for.

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