Into Africa, Out of Academia: A Doctor's Memoir (Paperback)Kwan Kew Lai (author)
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Throughout her memoir, Lai recounts intimate encounters with refugees and internally displaced people in camps and in hospitals with limited resources, telling tales of their resilience, unflinching courage, and survival through extreme hardship. Her writing provides insight into communities and transports readers to heart-achingly beautiful parts of Africa not frequented by the usual travelers. This is a deeply personal account of the huge disparities in the healthcare system of our "global village" and is a call to action for readers to understand the interconnectedness of the modern world, the needs of less developed neighbors, and the shortcomings of their healthcare systems.
Publisher: McFarland & Co Inc
Number of pages: 248
Weight: 485 g
Dimensions: 254 x 178 x 13 mm
"The global shortage of doctors is one of the biggest health issues that hardly anyone is talking about. Enter Kwan Kew Lai, a daring doctor who writes movingly about what it's like to do volunteer work in some of the poorest places in the world."-Tony Bartelme, The Post and Courier, Charleston, South Carolina
"In this moving book, Kwan Kew Lai provides a round-the-world journey that reveals both the hard truths and inspiring humanity of global health. Bold and clear-eyed, Lai does not mince words. Her honesty reveals the interconnectedness of the world, and roles we can all play in it."-Danielle Ofri, MD, PhD, author of When We Do Harm: A Doctor Confronts Medical Error
"An impactful and detailed insider account of the health systems in some of the most remote parts of the world. With each chapter and location that Lai brings us to, we are given profound insight into the moral and practical complexities facing health care workers and their patients living and working in these severe and trying circumstances."-Jessica Alexander, author of Chasing Chaos: My Decade in and Out of Humanitarian Aid
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