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    Surgeon, health aide, at

    Hello!

    An excerpt from For Haitian-American Doctors, a Call to Return (International Herald Tribune)

    And from Boston to Miami, so many Haitians staff the best American hospitals, from surgeon down to health aide — often sending remittances to struggling relatives in their homeland — that Americans of Haitian descent are torn between pride and pain at the contrast with Haiti’s own dysfunctional health care system.

    1. <from surgeon down to health aide>:
    Why are the words “surgeon” and “health aide” used with no determiners and in the singular?

    2. <at the contrast with>
    Can the “at” be replaceable with “in”? How does the meaning differ in that case?

    Thanks in advance

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    Re: Surgeon, health aide, at

    Meaning;

    And from Boston to Miami, so many Haitians staff the best American hospitals, from staff positions of surgeon down to staff postitons of health aide — often sending remittances to struggling relatives in their homeland — that Americans of Haitian descent are torn between pride and pain at the contrast with Haiti’s own dysfunctional health care system.

    (could have been with the contrast of Haiti's own . . . )

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