By Albert Schweitzer
"There, during this sorry global of ours, is going an excellent man."―Albert Einstein, on Albert Schweitzer
In July of 1913, thirty-eight-year-old doctor Albert Schweitzer gave up his place as a revered professor on the collage of Strasbourg and celebrated authority on tune and philosophy for you to cross as a doctor to French Equatorial Africa (present-day Gabon). The Primeval Forest is Schweitzer's personal attention-grabbing tale of those eventful years―a exciting story of his amazingly winning try to perform smooth drugs and surgical procedure within the face of untamed elephant raids, marauding leopards, famine, an flood―a tale wealthy in human curiosity and excessive drama.
Schweitzer describes how he and his spouse, a professional nurse, labored to set up a health center within the steaming jungle at Lambaréné. in the beginning they handled sufferers within the outdoor, amid unbelievably primitive conditions―with few medications, medications, or sufficient tools. yet they labored tirelessly, taking good care of as many as 40 instances an afternoon, scuffling with the distress brought on by dozing illness, leprosy, pestilence, and plague. And, because the years went on, they steadily equipped a extra everlasting medical institution to relieve the bad soreness of the Congo people.
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Invisible sandbanks and tree trunks floating just below the surface demand very cautious navigation, and the boat's a\ erage speed is not more than eight miles an hour. After a long run we stop at a small negro village, where, stacked on the river bank, are several hundred logs of wood, such as bakers often use, and we lie to in order to ship them, as wood is the fuel used for the engines. A plank is put out to the bank; the negroes form line and carry the logs on board. " The price is from four to five francs a hundred, which is rather high when one considers that the logs are all windfalls and only have to be collected.
28* to 30° and 25° to 28° C. 6 L HOW I CAME TO BE A DOCTOR IN THE FOREST atmosphere, are the chief things which make the climate of the Ogowe lowlands such a trial for a European. After a year's residence fatigrue and anaemia begin to make themselves disagreeably perceptible. At the end of two or three years he becomes incapable of real work, and does best to return to Europe for at least eight months in order to recruit. The mortality among the whites at Libreville, the capital of Gaboon, was, in 1903,14 per cent.
During the latter part of the voyage all sorts of tales had been told at meal times about the colonial duties. " Ten per cent, on the value of all you bring you'll have to fork out 1 " said an old African. " And whether the things are new or old doesn't matter in the least 1 " added another. However, the customs officer was fairly gracious to us. Perhaps the anxious faces we showed, as we laid before him the list of the things in our seventy cases, toned him down to a gentler mood, and we returned to the ship with a delightful feeling of relief, to sleep in it for the last time.
On The Edge Of The Primeval Forest by Albert Schweitzer