La Doctora: An American Doctor in the Amazon

La Doctora: An American Doctor in the Amazon

La Doctora: An American Doctor in the Amazon

La Doctora: An American Doctor in the Amazon

Synopsis

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.

Excerpt

“My wife can’t have her baby. You must come!”

The young man standing at the stream’s edge had simple fear in his eyes and a desperate plea in his voice. It was early in the morning and the clinic was not yet officially open, but babies trying to be born do not always respect clinic hours. the mere fact that he and the elderly midwife accompanying him had paddled their dugout canoe from the far side of the island to the small stream where my rudimentary clinic was located indicated that there was a problem.

And this one would turn out to be significant.

It always makes me nervous when people show up on my doorstep, wanting me to make a housecall. No matter how they describe the problem they want me to attend, it is never the way the patient actually looks when I arrive, so I never know what to expect once I reach the humble abode I am being summoned to. Obstetrical housecalls make me even more nervous.

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