BORN OF THOSE YEARS by Perry Burgess
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A leisurely autobiography of a career of service which highlights many rewarding to revealing experiences in contact with the forgotten, and more often outcast, world of the leper. Burgess, who may well be remembered as the author of Who Walk Alone (1940), spent a year with Grenfell in Labrador, later worked with Helen Keller, and finally in the '20's became Chairman of the Leonard Wood Memorial, and has spent these years in visiting leprosaria all over the world, in fighting the leper problem socially as well as medically. From Carville and Culion and Cebu, to beggars' villages and health sores in primitive places, Burgess crossed many continents and many countries, and commutes and understanding of this disease which is shunned in ignorance and which carries with it not only physical suffering but the tragedy of stigma and segregation. And his book offsets much that is grim with the gallantry of those met along the way, reflects the cheerful contentment of a life well spent in dedication to a mission.

Pub Date: Nov. 19th, 1951
Publisher: Henry Holt