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Medicine is far from static. The work facing clinicians in the tropics mainly consists of cosmopolitan problems. The classic tropical diseases will probably become less important, while obesity, hypertension, heart disease are increasing in low-resource settings and a massive diabetes epidemic is unfolding. A tsunami of new data threatens to overwhelm scientists, although creative use of networked silicon chips helps.
In medicine, we would like not only to form highly qualified professionals, but also balanced caring people with a gentle touch and a spark in their eyes. The illustrations and case studies discussed during the actual teaching course will help to identify the important points. Sometimes, after all the studying, it is nice to let your mind drift and reflect on the big picture and dream your dream(s).  The following has nothing to do with tropical medicine, but I would like to include here one of my favorite poems, just because I think it is beautiful. It was written by Max Ehrmann in 1927.

"Go placidly amid the noise and the haste, and remember
what peace there may be in silence.