In Africa with Schweitzer: A Remarkable Memoir by the U.S. Surgeon Who Worked with Schweitzer
By: Edgar Berman (author)Paperback
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Dr. Edgar Berman was In Africa with Schweitzer as a member of the venerated doctor's surgical team in Lambarene. There, he was about to delve into Schweitzer's psyche, his personality, his rationale. He would ask and answer: why would a world famous physician maroon himself in the jungles of Africa: Why would an intellectual with doctorates in four disciplines choose a primitive, isolated life? Albert Schweitzer was feared, held in awe, placed on a pedestal and derided. Dr. Berman's diary, the germ of this remarkable account, was painstakingly written over months of living with Schweitzer, eating with him, listensing to his music, learning his philosophy and working with him in the nearby prehistoric operating room, an aging arena where all life was sacred. Berman provides us with a moving, in-depth portrait of one of this century's most remarkable men and of the provocative writer-physician who sought him out.
Edgar Berman, M.D. was a distinguished physician, a past president of MEDICO and former research associate and teacher at Johns Hopkins University's School of Medicine. Dr. Berman, who worked with Tom Dooley in Loas as well as with Dr. Schweitzer in Gabon, is the first doctor to perform a plastic transplant (esophagal) on a human and the first to do a successful experimental heart transplant on a dog. He has held invitational fellowships to medical schools around the world and has served as consultant on various medical and help matters to the State Department and the White House. Dr. Berman, was a columnist for USA Today and author of The Solid Gold Stethoscope and Hubert, a biography of Hurbert Humphrey.
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