The field of "International Health," "Health Care for Underdeveloped Countries," or whatever else one wishes to call it, is rapidly emerging as an area of intense interest in western countries since most of the emerging nations are unable to mount the necessary skills, finances, or imagination to provide adequate health services for their people.
Unfortunately, the very scope of the problem leads readily to undisciplined thinking and the substitution of slogans for deeds and of the catchphrase of "relevance" for meticulous planning. The field has developed an elite that spends much of its time jetsetting from conference to colloquium where the same tired people present the same tired material, usually full of glittering generalities and devoid of medical understanding, appealing more to emotion than to reality. Even a special language has emerged, probably primarily to hide inadequacies of thought and fact. Utilizing this language, projects are described that on closer