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Alan Gregg, the Diary of a Thoughtful Eye-Witness.

After two years of discussions and delays surrounding his eventual departure, Alan Gregg, the 37-year-old associate director of the Rockefeller Foundation's Division of Medical Education (DME), set out from his Paris, France, office in late November 1927, destined for a 17-day trip to Moscow and Leningrad in the Soviet Union. His mission-the first time a Rockefeller officer had ever set foot on Soviet soil(1)-was to gather first-hand knowledge about the state of public health and medical education in Russia, as a precursor for offering training fellowships to Russian physicians. Soviet Russia was a nation in dire need of relief in the 1920s, after suffering years of civil war, famine and epidemic diseases, but supplying direct aid for "a crisis so vast that only government aid in generous amounts can cope" was not the intent of the Rockefeller Foundation (RF).(2) Instead, the RF would "render fundamental service to Russia by aiding the rehabilitation of medical schools, training of public health officials, [and] establishing training centers."(3) (Am J Public Health. Published online ahead of print September 21, 2017: e1-e4. doi:10.2105/AJPH.2017.304090).

Publisher URL: http://doi.org/10.2105/AJPH.2017.304090

DOI: 10.2105/AJPH.2017.304090

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