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La Doctora Pb: The Journal of an American Doctor Practicing Medicine on the Amazon River Paperback – 30 Nov 2001

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  • Paperback: 238 pages
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press (30 Nov. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1570251401
  • ISBN-13: 978-1570251405
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 15.3 x 1.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,936,325 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As the author of a book about the same region, HIDDEN AMAZON, I found Linnea Smith's book fascinating. From Wisconsin, Linnea tells why she has gone to the Amazon (she's still there) and how she feels about the conditions, the jungle, and the people. Perhaps most instructive is her detailed account of the medical conditions she encounters and how she treats them under the most primitive conditions. She works, lives, and eats at Explorama Lodge, a popular stop for trekkers in the area. This is one of the few jungle lodges with a doctor on the staff. And LA DOCTORA is one of the best books about the rain forest and its medical services.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9156833c) out of 5 stars 28 reviews
14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e4935f4) out of 5 stars Inspiring book -- a pleasure to read! Brava! Good Doctora. 2 Oct. 1999
By Vince - Published on Amazon.com
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This is an inspiring book that's a pleasure to read. It gives the reader the vicarious enjoyment of being part of a noble endeavor. In an age of "road rage" and the obsessive accumulation of more and more things (which often do not make us happy), it's exhilarating to experience a taste of Dr. Linnea's life.
Dr. Linnea shows us how one can give up almost all the material possessions and creature comforts of the modern world and still find meaning, happiness, and personal fulfillment. Dr. Linnea has created for herself a significant life. A life with much to teach a troubled world.
While missionaries have long sacrificed themselves to serve God, win the eternal salvation of lost souls, and earn a place in the pantheon of saints, Dr. Linnea does it for the pure humanity of the effort. Goodness is indeed its own reward in this Amazon outpost.
Because of Dr. Linnea's "wonderful life", many lives have been enriched and some even saved. More importantly, countless hours of suffering have been alleviated. This is the most humane thing: ending or reducing pain. We all have to die but we shouldn't have to suffer or endure years of pain when a cure is available. Dr. Linnea provides the cures that often would not be provided otherwise.
She treats the sick and asks nothing in return; she allows her patients to keep their personal integrity; she respects their beliefs; she grants them respect and maintains their dignity; I think this could be called love.
On the surface, this book is about a one woman medical practice hidden in the Amazon rain forest. Beneath the surface, however, it is about finding meaning in a world that too often seems to be without meaning. Dr. Smith's "life-example" has the power to let you view your own life differently; perhaps with a clearer insight. With one brave decision, everything can change. For Dr. Smith and thousands of her patients, the change has had life-sustaining significance.
I felt a similar elation reading this book that I experienced when the US Women's Soccer Team won the World Cup. I was proud that our young women could show the world such excellence in a non-American sport. What else would this generation of young American women do in the future now that they saw what they could do? It is the power of their "example" that is so exciting. I stood and cheered in the privacy of my living room.
Dr. Linnea is such an example, as well. She's one of our own; a human we can be proud of -- a human we would gladly point to if Extra Terrestrials came to earth and wanted to interview an exemplar human being for the Encyclopedia Galactica. Better yet, she is in "real time"; she is alive and still "on-mission". You can be a part of her life. You can support her efforts. You can even bring her medicine if you visit the Amazon -- as some adventurous tourists do. You can visit her website (run by her relatives in the USA.)
As a bonus, the book is very well written and designed. It is also moderately priced.
La Doctora demonstrates the best in mankind. The message is optimistic; the ending, happy. Reading it may make you happy. And maybe, as in my case, it may make you want to stand and cheer as you finish the last page.
Keep up the good work Dr. Linnea and please write a sequel. Feeling good and feeling proud and feeling optimistic is definitely worth the price of admission.
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e486b04) out of 5 stars An account of a woman doctor's life in the rain forest. 8 Jan. 1999
By Dick Lutz - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
As the author of a book about the same region, HIDDEN AMAZON, I found Linnea Smith's book fascinating. From Wisconsin, Linnea tells why she has gone to the Amazon (she's still there) and how she feels about the conditions, the jungle, and the people. Perhaps most instructive is her detailed account of the medical conditions she encounters and how she treats them under the most primitive conditions. She works, lives, and eats at Explorama Lodge, a popular stop for trekkers in the area. This is one of the few jungle lodges with a doctor on the staff. And LA DOCTORA is one of the best books about the rain forest and its medical services.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e480624) out of 5 stars An Amazing Amazonian from Wisconson 10 Aug. 2000
By Marilee - Published on Amazon.com
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It wasn't so long ago that I had the privilege of meeting Linnea in Peru. She was just coming back from a fundraising journey to the States, where she received a prize of recognition for her selfless work in Amazonia. I was with a tour group that was to stay at several Amazonian jungle lodges. The Amazon was in it's annual flood stage and the only way any of us could get around was by small boat. La doctora Linnea had her own dugout which she paddled to and from the clinic, the lodge and her patients all by herself, in a dress. She wore skirts almost entirely because of the humidity and local custom. The only women who wear shorts or pants in Amazonia are tourists and scientists. Every evening Linnea would come to the lodge for a bit of relaxation and conversation with whomever was staying there, but one couldn't help but notice how more comfortable she was in the company of the locals and guides. The Ribiernos [local river dwellers] didn't ask rude or probing questions. They were friendly without conpromising her privacy.This ingrained need to keep part of herself to herself comes through in the book she's written. She's happy to talk about her work and her love of the people, but reveals little of her previous life. I recommend this book for the incredible story, the sense of place, to learn about people we would otherwise never know. She may not speak book-learned Spanish, but communicates fluently with her friends and patients. As she writes, she arrived in Peru speaking no Spanish.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8f1c4e70) out of 5 stars A "must read" for anyone interested in the Amazon 17 Feb. 2000
By jennifer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
To be honest, I was a little hesitant buying this book. I've read about 15 books on the Amazon and I thought this just might be another recap of the same journeys that I've read about. This was not the case at all. Once I picked up this book, I couldn't put it down. It was so well written, it kept me glued to every page. I couldn't help reading page after page to see what was going to happen next.
I have visited the area that the author was working in and her story made me feel as though I was back in the jungle with her, experiencing all that she wrote about. I felt connected to her and the way she viewed the U.S. after vacationing in Peru. Although she doesn't come right out and "badmouth" the US, she does point out just how many comforts we take advantage of. She eludes to the emptiness we feel as Americans, having every material possession known to man, and still being unhappy. She discusses her hesitantcy to leave her American life behind in pursuit of a dream that seemed crazy at in point. In the final analysis, her story is a perfect example of how one person can make a difference.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x8e573f9c) out of 5 stars Read the Book - Know the Author 18 April 2000
By Tom Ruisinger - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I met La Doctora just as the book was being written. (I believe it was ghost written, which is probably not unusual.)
Jackie and I spent a few days at Explorama and talked at some length with Dr. Linnea. This book is not embellished in any way. This is an accurate account of life in that part of the world.
Her descriptions of places were perfectly clear to me, since I've been there. It's hard to know how these descriptions will play out in the mind's eye of other readers. The beginning of the book was particularly fascinating.
Our face-to-face meeting left me with the impression that she is not trying to run away from society, not trying to crusade for the underprivileged, not trying to be "holier than thou". She really likes what she is doing. The book confirms this.
When you read this book you are looking inside La Doctora. Nothing is hidden. There are no pretenses. She is simply good people.
Incidently, she wanted the book named "At the River's Edge" and the publishers wanted "La Doctora". The publishers won.
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