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Suz: Hi, Dad.

Dad: Hi, Suz. How’s it going?

Suz: Winter in Ann Arbor. Ahrgghhh!

Dad: This too shall pass. I was really proud of the work you did during our winter break trip.

Suz: Yeah, that was fun.

Dad: I mean, it was the first time anyone had ever done dental screenings in the remote corners of the commune. And then to diagnose congenital syphilis by the shape of that child’s teeth! Wow!

Suz: Yeah, my classmates couldn’t believe it!

Dad: Listen, a funny thing happened to the dental unit we shipped down for Thomonde.

Suz: Oh?

Dad: We sent it down with a mammogram machine for a cancer support group in Petionville. The dental unit went to Petionville, and the mammography machine to Thomonde!

Suz: Oh, no!

Dad: Not to worry. We’ll have it all sorted out by the next time you return.



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The Zombie Curse: A Doctor’s 25-Year Journey into the Heart of the AIDS Epidemic in Haiti Postscript Suz: Hi, Dad. Dad: Hi, Suz. How’s it going? Suz: Winter in Ann Arbor. Ahrgghhh! Dad: This too shall pass. I was really proud of the work you did during our winter break trip. Suz: Yeah, that was fun. Dad: I mean, it was the first time anyone had ever done dental screenings in the remote corners of the commune. And then to diagnose congenital syphilis by the shape of that child’s teeth! Wow! Suz: Yeah, my classmates couldn’t believe it! Dad: Listen, a funny thing happened to the dental unit we shipped down for Thomonde. Suz: Oh? Dad: We sent it down with a mammogram machine for a cancer support group in Petionville. The dental unit went to Petionville, and the mammography machine to Thomonde! Suz: Oh, no! Dad: Not to worry. We’ll have it all sorted out by the next time you return.

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The Zombie Curse: A Doctor’s 25-Year Journey into the Heart of the AIDS Epidemic in Haiti Suz: I’m so excited! Dad: Me, too! Dental care for Thomonde! Who ever would have thought it! Suz: I know. I’ve got faculty and students signed up to go, and 500 toothbrushes…. Dad: A little bit of prevention will go a long way. Hey, Suz—would you look up a book in the library? Suz: Dad you’re getting so old! Nobody goes to the library anymore! Just download whatever you’re looking for off the Internet. Dad: No Suz. This won’t be on the Internet. It’s a book written in Creole probably about 30 years ago. Fundamentals of Dental Care, author Régis _________. It may not even be in the library, but I’d just like to know. Suz: Wow, that’s cool. If it’s in Creole, we could really use it! How’d you find out about it? Dad: It’s a long story. Suz: Dad, you’re getting a little cryptic on me. Dad: You know what a slow typist I am! I’ll tell you the whole story in Haiti. Suz: You’re testing my patience! Dad: Hey, you remember the kid who was dumped in your arms at Bercail Bon Berger on your second trip? Suz: Dad! Of course, I do! Dad: I saw him during my last trip. He’s doing great! A real gwo-neg! Lots of personality! Suz: That’s great. I love you! Dad: I love you, too! Suz: Bye! Dad: Bye!

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