La Doctora: An American Doctor in the Amazon

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 In 1990, Dr. Linnea Smith went to Peru on an ecotourism vacation. She was so moved that she abandoned her thriving medical practice in Wisconsin to serve the Yagua Indians in the deepest part of the Amazon rainforest of Peru-alone.

Taken straight from the pages of Dr. Smith’s journal, La Doctora offers readers a rare glimpse into the suspense and drama of practicing medicine in a culture far removed from the sophisticated supplies and supports of 20th-century medicine.

Learn how Dr. Smith evolved from a “strange white woman” to an adopted member of the indigenous community. Her story of adventure, self-discovery and service creates inspiring testimony to one person’s power to make a lasting difference.


 

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Linnea Smith, a native of Wisconsin, entered medical school at age 30. After graduating and receiving board certification in Internal Medicine, she joined a small medical group in rural Wisconsin. She left that practice in 1990 to set up a remote jungle clinic on the banks of the Amazon River, three hours down river from Iquitos, Peru.

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What I optimistically called "the clinic" was at that time one small room, about eight feet by twelve feet, in one of the Explorama's thatch-roofed houses. Lighting was courtesy of kerosene lantern, bats roosted underneath the table that I used for a desk, and running water was what happened when I filled a pitcher at the stream and tipped it. TABLE OF CONTENTS: My Wife Can't Have Her Baby Leap into the Unknown My Last Vacation Setting Up Shop Jungle Medicine Indiana Life on the Amazon Life Along the Stream Life Outside the Clinic Red Tape Fiesta Jungle Doctor Culture Clash Necrotizing Fasciitis Tropical Diseases More Learning Clinic Expansion Rotary Rescue Juvencio Building the Clinic More Jungle Medicine Trauma Childbirth Snakebites Failures and Reflections The End of the Beginning Coming of Age What Am I Doing Here?

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