Russia's railway Doctors by William Daniels

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Young residents of the village of Tungala celebrate a birthday with beer, vodka and shashliks cooked on an open fire. Most of the young people work for the Russian Railways. Tungala lies along the route of the Baikal Amur Magistral (BAM) railway. These people and their fellow residents 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.