Medical Servants, Not Slaves

January 30, 2015 6:53 PM

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Medical Servants, Not Slaves

So says a young Cuban doctor, displaying humor before leaving for Venezuela. The Medica is strikingly beautiful, resembling a young Gloria Estefan of Miami Sound machine fame. But there the resemblance ends. The women -- both Cuban -- are as opposite socially, politically and ideologically, as music is to medicine. Twenty-four-year old Dr. Yaquelin Manero Bastista believes that music may soothe the savage beast, but it takes a doctor to cure him.

Medicine propelled Dr. Bastista, from the tiny sugar-mill town of Baquanos to the University of Holguin, in the eastern province's capital city. There, after six years of intense study, she earned her medical degree with a specialty in physical rehabilitation.

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