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The Role of Pharmaceuticals in the Total Health Care of Developing Countries

Mark T. HoekengaDepartment of Medicine, University of Cincinnati Medical Center, Cincinnati, Ohio

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My dear Colleagues, Ladies and Gentlemen:

I thank you, Dr. Charles Beal, for your kind introduction, and I thank all of you assembled here, members and guests, for your support during the past year. It is truly a privilege to have served you as the President of this Society. I'm very grateful to have had the opportunity.

Many hours were spent during the past 2 years, thinking about a topic for this address. Being President-Elect for a year before assuming the Presidency allows one the luxury of an extra 12 months for such musing!

I looked for a subject of general interest—a provocative, or perhaps even controversial one. And I found one that I think has interest to all of you—the role of pharmaceuticals in the total health of developing countries.

There were three reasons for the choice. The first was my personal interest in the subject of pharmaceuticals that goes back almost 40 years.

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