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I haven't even counted my family, who send me moral support and fruitcake even though I have wandered dismayingly far from their fold; Dan and Judy Peterson, who have invested countless hours not only in managing my leftover Wisconsin affairs but also in forming the Amazon Medical Project; Kim Stokes, who manages all our U.S. administrative chores; and many friends who help in a myriad ways, from providing me with watercolor paints for my spare time to sending me Christmas cards to simply being friends.

That's about it.  I continue to be amazed at what has grown out of my little bag of instruments and handful of leftover vitamins.  There's no guarantee as to how long it will all hold together.  For the last few years, I have been spending half of each year in the U.S., both for my own sanity and in order for my local staff to learn to be more independent of me; which means I now do about as much supervising of our Peruvian staff as I do working personally with patients.  But I still feel lucky to be doing what I am doing, and am immensely proud of our Peruvian staff and their abilities. 

If you still have questions, I can be contacted through Explorama's Iquitos office. Please remember, though, that the office is 50 miles upriver from where I live, and anything that arrives for me must be sent downriver on a boat, and my reply returns the same way. So don't worry, if you don't get a response to your e-mail within a day:

mail: Box 446, Iquitos, Peru
fax: 011-5165-25-2533
linnea@amazonmedical.org

Linnea Smith, MD

 

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