Africa: Albert Schweitzer: An Anachronism

Still they come, all year round, to see the famed old man in his storied jungle setting. Public figures like Adlai Stevenson, starry-eyed U.S. Peace Corpsmen, spinster schoolteachers realizing a longstanding dream—all come for a visit to Dr. Albert Schweitzer. At his mission three miles upstream from the Gabonese village of Lambaréné, "the great white doctor," now 88, affably greets them, autographing his books in a fine, steady hand. Yet, after devoting nearly two-thirds of his life ministering to the sick of equatorial Africa and being widely regarded as a near saint, Schweitzer is an anachronism in today's Africa....

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