25th out of 53 books — 8 voters
Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “When Bull Elephants Fight: An American Surgeon's Chronicle of Congo” as Want to Read:
When Bull Elephants Fight: An American Surgeon's Chronicle of Congo
Why would a young American doctor abruptly give up a comfortable life in Kansas in order to work in Congo?not once but twice? In 1961 Roger Youmans took his wife and two young daughters with him to work in a country whose people had suffered terribly as a result of tribal warfare and general political upheaval. Congo at that time had no trained physicians and most of the f ...more
Paperback, 298 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Word Association Publishers
(first published 2006)
To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
(showing 1-30 of 40)
Jan 26, 2012 Meaghan rated it liked it
Dr. Youmans doesn't really have any gift for writing: his book has no literary value to it, he tells rather than shows, and none of the characters, including Youmans himself, really came alive for me. The story he tells, however, is worth hearing. As a young doctor in the 1960s, Youman moved his wife and children to the Congo and worked there in the most primitive conditions for years at a time, rubbing shoulders with then-dictator Josef-Desiré Mobutu, who even asked Youmans to examine his mothe ...more