Welcome to the website of Jungle Surgeon, the soon-to-be-published memoir of Dr. Larry Mueller. While maintaining a successful full-time surgical practice in the States, from 1992 – 2015, he spent up to a month annually on the northern Thai-Burmese border caring for indigent Burmese refugees by performing hundreds of major operations in remote settings, while helping to establish desperately needed clinics and train medics. An unreported massive ethnic-cleansing campaign by the ruling Burmese military junta directed against the rural minority hill tribes since the 1960s resulted in over a million refugees without access to healthcare and only a scant presence of international aid groups. In Jungle Surgeon, Dr. Mueller shares with his readers many of his self-initiated and highly successful projects, along with the special people and magnificent surroundings encountered in the mountainous border jungles.
This website serves as both an introduction to Jungle Surgeon and a companion to the text itself by bringing these adventures to life for the reader through hundreds of colorful photos of people, places and events related in the book. By reading about and then seeing his patients as the real people that they were in their world, hopefully readers can share in the wonder, joy and satisfaction experienced by Dr. Mueller as he ministered to them.
For medical professionals, this website has a section in the Photo Gallery containing some graphic clinical photos and a discussion of the realities of performing successful major surgery under challenging conditions in distant locations.
This website is currently a work-in-progress. More photos, book excerpts and narratives by Dr. Mueller will be added with completion to coincide with publication of Jungle Surgeon.