DR. SCHWEITZER OF LAMBARÉNÉ is in the nature of a personal appreciation of one of the towering figures of the twentieth century. Written on the basis of firsthand knowledge and observation, it is an informal, intimate account of Albert Schweitzer at work and in repose. Norman Cousins attempts to convey some idea of the burden Schweitzer has taken upon himself—and why he chose to take it. He also tells of Schweitzer’s deep concern for the natural rights and the safety of the human community on earth.
This book also portrays the people around Dr. Schweitzer—the young doctors and nurses at his Hospital—why they came to Lamberéné, the difficulties they face daily in their work, how they respond to the person of Schweitzer.
Abounding in remembered detail, in anecdote and description, DR. SCHWEITZER OF LAMBARÉNÉ meets squarely and with intelligent understanding the stubborn legends and partial truths about the man, his work and his thought.
Norman Cousins flew to Lambaréné to observe and visit; he remained to probe some of the deepest problems of modern civilization with a man whom many consider the conscience of the age.