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Doctor Jesus (Guatemala)

Painting on the wall of a traumatologist's clinic waiting room in

Guatemala. We are here to obtain medical care for a colleague in the nonprofit, an older K'iche man, who sustained serious injury in a recent accident but is too poor to pay for medical care himself.


In case you're curious, a doctor's visit in this town runs about $25-30 US, plus additional costs of lab tests, imaging, x-rays, and so on. Those are all cheaper here than in the US.


Overhearing the analysis was kind of funny for me -- the doctor said things to the patient like, "Jesus gave us ligaments in our knees so that we could bend them, but the Lord didn't mean for us to move the knee joints sideways..." In other words, a relatively peaceful coexistence of Catholicism and science (Just don't ask for an abortion, of course.)




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Taken on May 25, 2009