DAYS WITH ALBERT SCHWEITZER by Frederick M. Franck

DAYS WITH ALBERT SCHWEITZER

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KIRKUS REVIEW

In 1958 the author of this well-written book, a New York dentist, was asked by Dr. Albert Schweitzer to establish a dental clinic in his famous jungle hospital at Lambarene in French Equatorial Africa; this is the story of his experiences there and of the work of the hospital. Established by Schweitzer 45 years ago and with 350 beds today, the hospital, a blessing from its inception, is by city standards something of a slum, for the patients are treated more or less under home conditions. The author tells of its noise and confusion and wandering animals, its devoted staff and its magnificent work for desperately poor natives, of the Leper Village, a part of the hospital, the jungle itself, and of ""Le Grand Docteur"", the dedicated Schweitzer, now 84, musician, philosopher, physician, a simple, deeply religious man who loves people and animals, loathes pretention, gadgets, luxury and publicity, and who greets visiting V.I.P.'s in a ready-made bowtie. Highly readable, illustrated by the author, this book should appeal to a variety of readers for its own excellence as well as for its popular subject; admirers of Dr. Schweitzer will delight in it, readers who know nothing of him should enjoy it.

Pub Date: June 11th, 1959
Publisher: Holt