Russia's railway Doctors by William Daniels

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Children play on a playground in the town of Zolotinka (popuation 550). 85% of people from this town work for the Russian Railways. During Soviet times, 1,500 people lived here. Around half of the apartments here are now empty. <br />
People in places like this rely heavily on the medical services offered by the Matvei Mudrov train. <br />
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The Matvei Mudrov train is a medical train operated by Russian Railways along the course of the Baikal Amur Magistral (Baikal-Amur Mainline, or BAM) railway line. Named after a famous 19th century Russian physician, the train employs around 15 doctors who make about 10 trips a year, each lasting two weeks. Along the way they deliver essential medical services to people living in remote villages along the 4,324 km long BAM railway. Though not equipped to carry out surgical procedures the train has heart monitors, ultrasound and x-ray machines to deliver diagnosis.