Title

Immigration pediatrics

Document Type

Journal Article

Publication Date

11-2005

Journal

Health Affairs

Volume

Volume 24, Issue 6

Inclusive Pages

1619-1623

Keywords

Emigration and Immigration; Pediatrics; Underserved Populations; Immigrant Health; Communicable Diseases

Abstract

Travel makes us all foreigners of one sort or another. Travel can be a desperate act, as in the case of Central American economic immigrants coming to the United States, or it can be a volitional one, as in the case of an economist on a study fellowship. In both instances, being foreign creates new obstacles and new perspectives. Fitzhugh Mullan, a pediatrician working in inner-city Washington, D.C., is the first point of contact with the medical system for numbers of immigrant children. The many obstacles and the new perspectives that he and his patients encounter are what he calls "immigration pediatrics."

Peer Reviewed

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