For 15 years, author Stan Brock lived and worked in the savannas and rain forest of British Guiana, South America. Maturing among the Wapishana and other Amerindian tribes, Brock lived with the pain and suffering created by isolation from medical care. He witnessed the near devastation of whole tribes by what would have been simple or minor illnesses to a less primative people. When he left South America to co-star in the television series Wild Kingdom, he vowed to find a way to deliver basic medical aid to people in the world's inaccessible regions.
Remote Area Medical (www.ramusa.org) was founded in 1985 and years of research and planning yielded a vast, carefully developed network of men and women who make RAM a highly mobile, remarkably efficient relief force. Volunteers are doctors, nurses, technicians, and veterinarians who go on expeditions at their own expense and treat hundreds of patients a day under some of the worst conditions possible. Volunteers have provided general medical, surgical, eye, dental, and veterinary care to tens of thousands of needy people and their animals, with 60 percent of the expeditions serving rural America.
In this exciting narrative, author Stan Brock tells the fascinating origin of Remote Area Medical, and of his life on the savannas and in the rain forest of South America.