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  1. says:

    This slim volume is a vivid account of Schweitzer's impressions and experiences during his first period in Euatorial Africa modern Gabon written with the help of the reports which I wrote every six months in Lambarene and

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    Am currently reading Albert Schweitzer's collection of contemporary reports from his time as a missionary doctor in what at the time was the French colony of Euatorial Africa now Gabon from 1912 to 1917 The reports are grouped together in the book On the Edge of the Primeval ForestAs well as providing insights into tropical disease and medi

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    Of late I have continuously been coming across books on and by Schweizer so I gave up and read one While the language is dated this text of the experience of setting up his hospital is valuable Faith in action and a life in the service of others

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    DNF

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    Der Einblick in eine andere Zeit wie auch die Beschreibung des Umlandes von Lambarene war für mich sehr faszinierend Anders als zunächst gedacht war auch die Sprache sehr angenehm zu lesen

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    I picked up this English edition after a futile and abortive attempt on a poorly translated Chinese editionDr Schweitzer's narrative of his experience and impression is straight forward and to the point I have read from somewhere that people had criticized Schweitzer for his patronization toward the African natives However I don't sense it from this writing I find him giving the uestion of relieving the natives a deep

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    Etonnant Je ne connaissais pour ainsi dire rien d'Albert Schweitzer il a ouvert un hôpital en Afriue pour soigner des malades il a reçu le prix Nobel Je découvre u'il a eu une autre vie avant l'Afriueorganiste hors pair et très influent autorité sur Bach docteur en théologie pasteur protestant u'il a pris la résolution de devenir médecin pour partir fonder son hôpital en Afriue uel destinéeMais auss

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    The author of this memoir Albert Schwitzer was a doctor musician and religious philosophical writer from Alcase Lorraine part of the German empire at his birth in 1875 and after WWI part of France This book is about the building an

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    Albert Schweitzer was a doctor at a Christian missionary station in what is now Gabon during the First World War He was also a theologian philosopher and organist His book is about the daily life of a missionary doctor the suffering and survival of the native people and man's struggle with Nature The book is a

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    This was the second book which I read about Albert Schweitzer and was given to me by my uncle who was a surgeon As a young boy it inspired me to want to be a doctor in Africa also sadly I was not clever enough to be a doctor The writing style is old fashioned and some of the attitudes may seem a bit condescending for modern day readers but when put in the context of its time it's an inspiring work about a man filled w

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There in this sorry world of ours goes a great man Albert Einstein on Albert SchweitzerIn July of thirty eight year old medical doctor Albert Schweitzer gave up his position as a respected professor at the University of Strasbourg and celebrated authority on music and philosophy in order to go as a physician to French Euatorial Africa present day Gabon The Primeval Forest is Schweitzer's own fas. This slim volume is a vivid account of Schweitzer s impressions and experiences during his first period in Euatorial Africa modern Gabon written with the help of the reports which I wrote every six months in Lambarene and sent as printed letters to my friends and supporters The book describes the challenges Schweitzer faced as a doctor in Africa limited resources oppressive heat exposing the head for even a few minutes of sunlight could cause sunstroke and of course terrible illnesses that are unknown outside Africa Schweitzer was drawn to Lambarene because of the prevalence of sleeping sickness in the area and he explains the long tedious and uncertain method by which the disease was diagnosedThis consists in taking ten cubic centimetres of blood from a vein in one of the sufferer s arms and keeping it revolving centrifugally for an hour according to certain prescribed rules at the same time pouring of at intervals the outer rings of blood The trypanosomes are expected to have collected into the last few drops and these are put under the microscope but even if there is again a negative result it is not safe to say that the disease is not presentSchweitzer also had difficulties with his native helpers whom he describes as reuiring constant supervision Schweitzer s attitudes towards the natives have since become a source of controversy and one passage in the book is particularly uglyThe better a man s mental life and his intellectual interests are developed the better he will be able to hold out in Africa Without this safeguard he is soon in danger of becoming a nigger as it is called here This shows itself in the way he loses every higher point of view then his capacity for intellectual work diminishes and lie begins just like a negro to attach importance to and to argue at any length about the smallest matters Elsewhere Schweitzer expresses a condescending paternalismWith regard to the negroes then I have coined the formula I am your brother it is true but your elder brother However although elder brother may be condescending the word brother as others have noted is an expression of solidarity There is no sign in the book that Schweitzer was interested in the scientific racism which was so popular during the period in which he was writing and he sees the conflict essentially in terms of a culture clashI wish to emphasise a further fact that even the morally best and the idealists find it difficult out here to be what they wish to be We all get exhausted in the terrible contest between the European worker who bears the responsibility and is always in a hurry and the child of nature who does not know what responsibility is and is never in a hurryOne immediately thinks of the agricultural piece workers of Max Weber s Protestant Ethic Schweitzer was sponsored by the Paris Evangelical Missionary society which had taken over four stations established by American Protestants these were at N G mo Lambarene Sakita and Talagonga Catholics meanwhile were established at Lambarene N Djole and near Samba Unfortunately Schweitzer mentions fellow missionaries only by their surnames which makes identification difficult Mr Ford Mr Ellenberger Mr Pelot Mr and Mrs Morel and so on Schweitzer gives his opinions on various matters the state should not enforce monogamy and the Protestants should follow the Catholic practice of infant baptism in order build up the church Schweitzer s own religious motivation for going to Africa is given in the opening paragraph of the book The parable of Dives and Lazarus seemed to me to have been spoken directly to us The ending is similarly a call to duty He who has been delivered from pain must not think he is now free again He is now a man whose eyes are open with regard to pain and anguish and he must help to overcome these two enemies and to bring to others the deliverance which he has himself enjoyedA few persons mentioned in passing are worth noting On his way to Lamberene Schweitzer stopped off at Paris to talk to his old friend Charles Widor and books were sent to him in Africa by Professor Strohl of Zurich University this appears to have been Jean Strohl a zoologist He also meets in African a factory employee called Fourier Monsieur Fourier is a grandson of the French philosopher FourierThe cheap Fontana edition of this book appeared in 1956 and is now along with its seuel More from the Primeval Forest a staple item in the Religion section of second hand bookshops For some reason this edition fails to note the original publication dates and the translator receives no credit According to Schweitzer s autobiography the book was commissioned by the Lindblad publishing house in UppsalaZwischen Wasser und Urwald appeared in Swedish translated by Baroness Greta Lagerfelt in 1921 In the same year it came out in German first in Switzerland and then in English with the title On the Edge of the Primeval Forest translated by my friend C T Charles Thomas CampionThe original edition also included some photographs these do not appear in the Fontana edition

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Cinating story of these eventful years a thrilling tale of his amazingly successful attempt to practice modern medicine and surgery in the face of wild elephant raids marauding leopards famine an flood a The Primeval eBook #230 story rich in human interest and high dramaSchweitzer describes how he and his wife a ualified nurse worked to establish a hospital in the steaming jungle at Lambaréné A. Der Einblick in eine andere Zeit wie auch die Beschreibung des Umlandes von Lambarene war f r mich sehr faszinierend Anders als zun chst gedacht war auch die Sprache sehr angenehm zu lesen

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T first they treated patients in the open air amid unbelievably primitive conditions with few drugs medicines or adeuate instruments But they worked tirelessly caring for as many as forty cases a day battling the misery caused by sleeping sickness leprosy pestilence and plague And as the years went on they gradually built a permanent hospital to alleviate the terrible suffering of the Congo peopl. The author of this memoir Albert Schwitzer was a doctor musician and religious philosophical writer from Alcase Lorraine part of the German empire at his birth in 1875 and after WWI part of France This book is about the building and running of a hospital in west Africa in Lambarene later GabonAlthough this book is colored by European opinions of Africans his humanity in setting up and treating people where there was no previous serious hospital was courageous The events set out in this book show the fortitude patience and endurance needed to deal with such a life in the 1920sI enjoyed reading this book because it gave me a few of a part of the world and a time in history I had little awareness of