Russia's railway Doctors by William Daniels

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A view of a square in the village of Verkhnezeysk, which today has a population of 1,500. In Soviet times, the town had a summer youth camp, now converted into housing. In the background is the power station that provides heat to the settlement. People in places like this rely heavily on the medical services offered by the Matvei Mudrov medical 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.