Dr. Louise Jilek-Aall, born 1931 in Oslo, Norway, is Clinical Professor Emerita of Psychiatry, and has been a member of the Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia in Vancouver Canada Since 1975. She holds a Doctorate of Medicine from the University of Zurich; a Diploma of Tropical Medicine from the Swiss Tropical Institute, Basil; a Diploma in Psychiatry from McGill, Montreal; and a Master of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of British Columbia, Vancouver. She is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians of Canada, and has been working as a psychiatrist om British Columbia since 1966. She was in long-term personal contact with her former teacher, Professor Manfred Bleuler, Zurich, and with Professor Viktor Frankl, Vienna.
Dr. Jilek-Aall has extensive medical experience in tropical Africa, including assistance to Dr. Abert Schweitzer at Lambarere, Gabon. She served with the United Nations forces and the International Red Cross during the Congo civil war and received the Genri Dunant Medal and Citation of the League of Red Cross Societies for distinguished service. In 1960 she founded the Mahenge Epilepsy Clinic in Tanzania, to which she continues to provide consultation and support.
She has continued ongoing clinical research on epilepsy in Tanzania and is recipient of the Ambassador Award of the International League Against Epilepsy. Besides her epilepsy research, she has conducted transcultural-psychiatric investigations in East Africa, the Caribbean, South America, Southeast Asia, Papua New Guinea, and among North American indigenous and ethnic populations. As a volunteer psychiatrist, she worked in UN-supervised refugee camps in Thailand.
Dr. Jilek-Aall has published two books, Call Mama Doctor, and Working with Dr. Schwietzer, plus numerous articles and chapters in scientific journals and books. She has guest lectured at universities and institutes in North America, Mexico, South America, Europe, Japan and Africa.
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