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Book: Cross Cultural Doctoring. On and Off the Beaten Path. by William LeMaire

Book: Cross Cultural Doctoring. On and Off the Beaten Path. by William LeMaire

categories: Book, Early Retirement, Crosscultural Experience, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Japan, Pakistan, Alaska, Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, St. Lucia, Mexico, Career Change


William LeMaire

Author William LeMaireabout this book: If you are thinking about a career change or early retirement, reading this book might just be for you.

At age 55 that is just what I did. It was the best decision my wife and I ever made. I was a successful academic obstetrician and gynecologist at the height of my career. Then my best friend died unexpectedly. We started thinking that there is more to life than work, career and reaching the professional "top". Thus we made the jump into the unknown. I started working intermittently in various cultural settings, including Japan, Pakistan, Alaska, Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, St Lucia, and Chiapas Mexico. In between assignments we "played", travelled or just relaxed. Very early in my career we also spent two years in the former Belgian Congo in Africa.

During all these assignments we were exposed to many different cultural settings, both professional and social. We had a great time and each time we came back from one of these far away places, our friends and colleagues would tell me invariable: "Wim you should write a book". While I resisted this for a long time, I finally relented and started writing. This was hard to do in the beginning but in the end it turned out to be fun.

The book is entitled: "Crosscultural Doctoring. On and off the Beaten Path".

Do not be fooled by the first part of the title. The book is written for all professionals (not just medical) who are thinking to retire early or to have a change of careers.

The book is written as a series of loosely connected anecdotes, some medical, some non medical, some funny, some not so funny. These are grouped in chapters according to the place where they occurred. When appropriate I am adding my reflections.

The book is an e book available for free down loading and it is dedicated to Hospital San Carlos in Chiapas, Mexico, where the religious nuns are doing an incredible job in running the hospital for the very poor Mayan people, under difficult conditions and with little resources.

I hope that you will enjoy reading the book as much as I enjoyed writing it and that you might be inspired of making the "jump".

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