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Meet The Doctor Who Has Spent The Last 22 Years Making House Calls To The Homeless

15 January 2014 No Comment

For over two decades, Dr. Jim Withers has been a hero to the homeless in Philadelphia. Now he’s about to be yours.

Dr. Jim Withers traded his scrubs in for a grungy jacket and baseball cap, and took to the streets of Philly with a simple idea: the best way to care for the homeless is to treat them where they live.

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Before his first night out on the streets, Withers got two pieces of advice: “Don't dress like a doctor, and don't act like a jerk.”

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Over two decades later, he is still following that advice as he teaches medical students and volunteers how to care for patients living on the street.

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Equipped with splits, bandages, cough medicine, inhalers, vitamins, antibiotics and pain relievers, Withers and his team travel through the streets of Philadelphia five nights a week. He estimates he’s treated over 1200 homeless a year since 1992.

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