What is the essence of caregiving? Donald Hall—a former New Hampshire and U.S. poet laureate—found out when his beloved wife, fellow poet Jane Kenyon, was dying of leukemia. He drew inspiration from his memories of the way his mother had cared for elderly relatives. From the tenderness of Kenyon's nurses at DHMC. And from poetry.
If you chanced upon Elmer Pfefferkorn as he was out on one of his daily walks, you would never guess from his humble demeanor that he's an internationally recognized scientist and a much-loved teacher of parasitology and virology.
In the 1950s—before the Peace Corps existed, before Doctos Without Borders was founded—an idealistic young DMS graduate traveled to India with his family. This is his story—of working for three years at a TB sanitarium, of saving lives, of seeing his own life indelibly affected.