Albert Schweitzer's Mission: Healing and Peace

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In 1952, Dr. Albert Schweitzer was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a medical missionary in Africa. At that point, his career included--as well as medicine--theology, music and philosophy. His final quest was to wake the public to the dangers of nuclear war.

Norman Cousins visited Schweitzer in Africa. The friendship that grew from this meeting gave rise to a rich correspondence, most of it dealing with the arms race.

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Overview

In 1952, Dr. Albert Schweitzer was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his work as a medical missionary in Africa. At that point, his career included--as well as medicine--theology, music and philosophy. His final quest was to wake the public to the dangers of nuclear war.

Norman Cousins visited Schweitzer in Africa. The friendship that grew from this meeting gave rise to a rich correspondence, most of it dealing with the arms race.

That correspondence forms the core of this volume, though letters from Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Jawaharlal Nehru and Nikita Kruschev are included.

"The body of letters is deeply revealing, intrinsically interesting and of profound historical significance." (Publisher's Source)

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Published in 1960, Cousins's memorable Dr. Schweitzer of Lambarene evoked in depth and with deep personal feeling his visit to Schweitzer's famed hospital in the equatorial African jungle. Now, in the wake of his biographical Anatomy of An Illness, Cousins here presents a meaningful portion of that book to make clear and resonant Schweitzer's significance for our time. Additionally, he offers the sum of his correspondence with Schweitzer predating his 1960 visit to Lambarene, up to JFK's 1963 test-ban treaty with Russia. Other letters included are from Eisenhower, Nehru, JFK and Khrushchev, chiefly related to the 80-odd- year-old Schweitzer's driving theme: nuclear disarmament and peace. Historically valuable, sometimes keenly revealing, the letters bring to full term the moving account of life at Lambarene and Schweitzer's vision that Cousins reissues for a new generation. Foreign rihgts: Norton. November 18
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780393022384
  • Publisher: Norton, W. W. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/17/1985
  • Edition number: 31
  • Pages: 1
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Norman Cousins was a longtime editor of the Saturday Review and the author of eleven books on health and healing, among other works.

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