The Adams Chronicles: Volume I
The Adams Chronicles: Volume I
Hills of Appalachia to a Kasbah in Morocco
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This story begins with a farm boy who grew up in the foothills of Appalachia near Chillicothe, Ohio during the Great Depression and World War II. After graduation from high school he served in the U.S. Navy with his two brothers. Naval service during the 1960's and the Cold War years, took him and his family to Morocco--- a country of many contrasts and at a time of new challenges. Culture shock was part of this new adventure. His medical duties were varied and included working with the Moroccan Ministry of Health conducting epidemiological studies, enteric diseases monitoring, and the training of Peace Corps Volunteers (PCVs) as laboratory technicians. As will be presented in detail in Volume Two, the author returned to Morocco as the Director of two groups of 50-plus PCV Lab Techs who were stationed in hospitals and clinics throughout Morocco to fill a void left by the exodus of French health care workers after Moroccan Independence in 1956. The overall success of the program was marginal due to many factors: limited number of well-trained medical technologists, demands for additional lab test overwhelmed AB generalists, lab bench work too mundane, work lacked opulence, provided limited self-gratification, and impeded cross-culture exchange and social interaction, loyalty to work ethics was limited, and social revolution occurring in the 1960's accentuated the character flaws and immaturity of some PCVs. Cities like Tangier, Tetouan, and Marrakesh in the 1960's provided adventure, deception, intrigue, mystery, and high-octane thrills that attracted expatriates, writers, poets, exotic travelers, and PCVs who got caught up in the drug scene. Later, the author returned to college, accepted a faculty appointment at the University of Cincinnati, where he taught and conducted medical research for 28 years.
Born in 1935, Louis E. Adams grew up during the Great Depression and later worked on his parent's farm near Chillicothe, OH. He graduated high school, expeditiously joined the U.S. Navy, served aboard an aircraft carrier with two younger brothers, served as a Hospital Corpsman with the Marines, traveled extensively, attended college, worked as a Peace Corps Staff member in Morocco, and was assigned to WHO in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. Later, he attended graduate school and became a faculty member at a major university where he taught and conducted applied research in immunology for 28 years. During his tenure at this university, he authored or coauthored over 200 scientific papers, textbook chapters, and retired as Professor Emeritus from the Department of Medicine at the U. of Cincinnati. Subsequently, he has written two other books, spends some time fishing with grandchildren on the Tecumseh High Plains Ranch, flying, and traveling with his wife of 50-years. Otherwise, he lives near his family outside Cincinnati, Ohio.

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