Literary Nonfiction. Norwegian-born Dr. Louise Aall of Tsawwassen, British Columbia, studied medicine in Germany, France and Switzerland before working solo as an itinerant bush doctor in rural Tanganyika (now Tanzania). There, she pioneered the treatment of epilepsy, establishing in 1959 her own remote clinic—which still exists today. She became the first Western physician to treat a variant of epilepsy that is now recognized by the WHO as "Nodding Syndrome." The following year, Dr. Aall was asked by the Red Cross to fly to the Belgian Congo to manage a 300-bed hospital. Protected by UN soldiers, she served as the hospital's lone bedside physician during civil war atrocities. Soon after, at the behest of Nobel Peace Prize winner Dr. Albert Schweitzer, she worked with him at his renowned clinic in Gabon. She then married and immigrated to Canada and gained accreditation as a psychiatrist at McGill, then as an anthropologist at the University of B.C. Since that time, she has returned to her Tanzanian clinic many times, continuing to provide innovative treatment and rehabilitation for epilepsy, benefitting thousands of Africans afflicted with "moon madness."
Alan Twigg has written and published BC BookWorld, a cultural newspaper, since 1987. His seventeen books include MOON MADNESS: DR. LOUISE AALL, SIXTY YEARS OF HEALING IN AFRICA (Ronsdale Press, 2020), UNDAUNTED: THE BEST OF BC BOOKWORLD (Ronsdale Press, 2013), THE ESSENTIALS: 150 GREAT B.C. BOOKS & AUTHORS (Ronsdale Press, 2010), TIBETANS IN EXILE: THE DALAI LAMA & THE WOODCOCKS (Ronsdale Press, 2009), Cuba: A Concise History, Belize: A Concise History, 101 Top Historical Sites of Cuba, Intensive Care: A Memoir, Full-Time: A Soccer Story, and Strong Voices: Conversations with 50 Canadian Writers. He has conceived and coordinated numerous literary prizes, and created and compiled a public service reference site, abcbookworld.com, to offer free information on more than 10,000 British Columbia authors. In 2000, he received the first annual Gray Campbell Award for outstanding contributions to the writing and publishing community of British Columbia. He has been the Shadbolt Fellow at Simon Fraser University and the first Writer in Residence at the George Price Center for Peace in Belize. He has also produced six films and a music CD for poet Bud Osborn. He makes his home in Vancouver.Author City: Vancouver, BC CAN