Russia's railway Doctors by William Daniels

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Albert Popov uses the 'parapodium', a device which allows him to do rehab exercises, in the village of Lopcha. He has just seen a surgeon from the Matvei Mudrov medical train for the first time in 12 months. His closest specialised centre for his condition is two days travelling by 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.