Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 44 Page 45 Page 46 Page 47 Page 48 Page 49 Page 50 Page 51 Page 52 Page 53 Page 54 Page 55 Page 56 Page 57 Page 58care in the United States. “I have to understand their cultures and beliefs,” he says. In some cultures, people believe that if you put a hot glass or a coin on a person’s body, an infection will go away. Although Dr. Altshuler would show respect for the belief, he says, he would encourage the patient to take medicine to stop the infection. In some cultures, people don’t have toothbrushes. So he shows those refugees what one is and how to use it. He also tells patients about new foods that they may never have seen before and explains which ones are healthy. For instance, they may never have eaten broccoli. He says his most unusual case involved a patient with leprosy. Most U.S. doctors “never, ever see these cases,” he says. Leprosy is an infectious disease. Left untreated, it can damage the skin, limbs, muscles, and nerves. Dr. Altshuler called doctors in Louisiana who have more experience treating the disease to find out what medicines he needed to use to treat the patient successfully. He says you don’t have to be a doctor to help refugees. People can donate boots, coats, and other clothes they no longer need to various organizations. They also can donate toys and books. Refugees often arrive here with very few personal belongings, Dr. Altshuler says. He says his job is “rewarding.” He takes special pride in his patients who have lived in the United States long enough and learned enough about this country to become U.S. citizens. By Healthy Bulletin staff Marshall Street Elementary School 7 Illustration by Shanaiah Ortiz, William Cramp Fit Flyer