In January 2004 Johnnie Yates, M.D. ’95, took a job as a physician in an international clinic in Kathmandu, the capital of Nepal. The post offered a chance for Yates to pursue his interests in travel medicine, and a typical day provided insights into medicine in Nepal.
The rain starts innocently with scattered sprinkles—warning enough for street vendors to cover their wares and for pedestrians to seek cover. The sky darkens and the downpour begins.