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100 years of humanitarian work in Gabon, 100 years jungle hospital Lambaréné: Albert Schweitzer

Poster Details

First Author: S.Scholtz GERMANY

Co Author(s):    G. Auffarth              

Abstract Details



Purpose:

In 1913 Albert Schweitzer founded his hospital in Lambarene, Gabon. Due to its 100th anniversary this poster will reflect Schweitzer’s impressing biography and lifework as well as it will present an overview of the Hospital in Lambaréné with focus on its eye Clinic.

Setting:

International Vision Correction Research Centre (IVCRC), Dept. of Ophthalmology, University of Heidelberg, Germany

Methods:

Selective literature, research of books and articles in journals via PubMed, Google Scholar and Google

Results:

Albert Schweitzer’s biography reads quite complex: He was priest, pacifist, organist, philosopher and - doctor. His hospital in the African jungle still shows Schweitzer’s deep affection and incredible interest in humanitarian work. Beside of general and tropical medicine as well as surgery, pediatrics, dentistry and care for leper patients also eye diseases are treated in this hospital.

Conclusions:

Even today Albert Schweitzer serves as an inspiring example for all generations. 2013 is acclaimed as the year of Albert Schweitzer. It started on January, 13th, Schweitzer’s birthday. Celebrating Schweitzer’s dedication especially this year will keep the memory of the spirit and the achievements of this uniquely dedicated man alive.

Financial Disclosure:

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