Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Any horse-loving obstetricians out there?

If you're an obstetrician who loves horses and you are willing to relocate to Japan, then the rural town of Tono has a deal for you:

Since losing its last obstetrician five years ago, this city of nearly 32,000 in rural northern Japan has been desperately seeking a replacement. So desperately, in fact, that it recently promised a horse to any obstetrician willing to come here.

There have been no takers yet.

Actually, for the women who, after going into labor, have to drive 45 minutes to the nearest big city for medical care, this is no joke.

Yukie Kikuchi, right, a midwife in Tono, examines Azusa Furudate, using a telemedicine system.

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