Join us Fri., Mar. 24, 12 pm for lunch at High Cotton (199 East Bay St.), as Tony Bartelme from The Post and Courier discusses his latest book, A Surgeon in the Village: An American Doctor Teaches Brain Surgery in Africa (Beacon Press, hb., 288 pp., $28). Tickets are $31 for the author talk and three-course luncheon, or $58 for the luncheon plus a signed copy of the book.
A Surgeon in the Village tells the story Dilan Ellegala, an accomplished neurosurgeon who took a sabbatical at a remote missionary hospital in Haydom, Tanzania. While there, he discovered a medical world entirely different from the one he knew: Tanzania had just three neurosurgeons in a country with a population of 43 million.
Since that first trip, Dr. Ellegala has solidified his “train-forward” philosophy, which sends doctors around the world to serve as mentors and to create a sustainable new model for global health. This story exposes a major and largely neglected global-health issue—the shortage of surgeons. As many as 17 million people die every year because of this gap, more than die from AIDS, malaria, and TB combined.
Tony Bartelme is the senior projects reporter for The Post and Courier. He spent four years researching and writing this book, including multiple trips to Tanzania. In 2011, Bartelme was a Pulitzer Prize finalist for his series of articles that is the basis for this book, the third time he has been a Pulitzer finalist.