Island Care—Makeshift
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Volunteer doctors travel 500 nautical miles each spring to visit patients on remote islands

— Island Care

Vasilis Tsipas, a psychiatrist, squeezes his suitcase into a boat’s special compartment and puts on a life jacket. He is making his rounds by sea for the next two weeks to visit patients on remote islands scattered across the Aegean Sea.

“You might think the fresh air and the absence of city stress would render these people healthy,” he says. “But isolation is harsh, especially during the winter months.”

Nearly all his patients on the islands are women, some of whom suffer occasional bouts of depression. But most people come to see him simply because they need to speak with someone.

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