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Red Tuque Books Inc.  9780978404925
Title: Call Mama Doctor
Sub-Title: Notes from Africa
Author: Louise Jilek-Aall
ISBN: 9780978404925
Publication Date: 2010
Publisher: West Pro Publishing
Format: Trade Paperback
Size: 5.5 x 8.5
Price: 24.95

Dr. Louise Jilek-Aall recounts in vivid detail her experiences as a bush doctor in Tanzania in 1959. Her poignant stories recount her frustration and helplessness in the face of cultural superstitions and the suspicions of the medicine men. The admiration and love she came to feel for these people and this place resonates throughout this remarkable book. Dr Jilek-Aall's discovery of outcasts in the Mahenge mountains who suffered from kifafa, a severe form of epilepsy, spurred her to found a clinic. Fifty years later, Dr. Jilek-Aall still works to support the clinic and is a recipient of the Ambassador Award of the International League Against Epilepsy. Besides her original language, Norwegian, she speaks English, German, French, Spanish, Swedish, Danish, and Suahili.