DOCTOR SCHWEITZER IN LAMBARENE by Norman Cousins
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DOCTOR SCHWEITZER IN LAMBARENE

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In his own lifetime Dr. Albert Schweitzer has become both a legend and a myth, and his image has the power to inspire and bring out the best in people the world over. Norman Cousins, editor of the Saturday Review, explains how this has come to pass. Not long ago he visited Dr. Schweitzer at his hospital and home in Lambarene, for the purpose of persuading the doctor to let him photograph a manuscript or two which he had all but finished, but which were mouldering away in the damp tropics, with subsequent danger of being lost to posterity, and also to persuade him to make a statement on the danger of nuclear explosions to human life and taking a strong position on moral grounds against its continuation. Mr. Cousins was successful on both counts and his story about it makes fascinating reading. It also increases our admiration for the doctor of Lambarene, whose very faults endear him the more to his friends and co-workers, and to the world. This is a notable addition to the growing volume of Schweitzer literature, and is likely to become the best loved of them all. Mr. Cousins writes with clarity, perception and grace.

Pub Date: May 25th, 1960
Publisher: Harper