By the age of 18, Schweitzer had decided to become a professional musician, playing the organ. He received training both in his hometown of Guernsbach (in Alsace, which had just become a part of Germany), and in Paris. His teacher in Paris called him a genius. Shortly after beginning his musical studies in Paris, however, he changed his mind and decided to become a pastor like his father.2 He attended Strasbourg University in France.3 During his first years as a pastor, Schweitzer wrote his first two books -- one on religion and one a biography of Johan Sebastian Bach. The books made Schweitzer world-famous by the time he was thirty-one4 and he was in high demand as a speaker and as an organist throughout Europe.
When he was 28, Schweitzer read a report on the needs of Africans in the Congo (now the Republic of Zaire). Shortly after reading this report, he resigned his position with Strasbourg University, where he was teaching, and left for medical school, deciding that would be... [continues]
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