Dr Joan Louwrens was always drawn to wild places, which were
balm to her soul. When her husband died, leaving her alone with
two small daughters to raise, she threw herself wholeheartedly into
‘adventure medicine’, seeking out the world’s most remote corners
– on land and at sea – to practise her healing, both her own and
Working in wild places from the Kruger Park to the Australian
Outback, the Atlantic Ocean islands, and both the south and north
poles, ‘Doctor Joan’ dealt with a vast range of medical issues, from
rabies to deep-vein thrombosis, childbirth to wisdom-tooth
extraction, catatonia to depression.
Showing an eagerness to learn and a humility that isn’t always a
given in her profession, and with a wry eye and a sympathetic
outlook, Joan Louwrens has written a memoir that’s a poignant and
often funny story of a life lived to the full
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