John Crocker has been practicing family medicine in Seattle for thirty-five years. He attended Stanford University, where he met Jane Goodall. He received his MD from Case Western School of Medicine in Cleveland. Dr. Crocker is a popular speaker on primate behavior and has written for the Huffington Post about lessons learned from our closest living relatives. This is his first book. Jane Goodall continues to study and write about primate behavior and is the author of several books. She founded the Gombe Stream Research Center in Gombe National Park, Tanzania, and the Jane Goodall Institute for Wild Life Research, Education, and Conservation to provide ongoing support for field research on wild chimpanzees.
A truly extraordinary book. As I read it I was transported back to those wonderful days when I lived in Gombe. It is fascinating to read how John's observations of chimpanzee children with their mothers and other family members helped him understand the problems of a human child. -- Jane Goodall Spending time with wild chimpanzees-and watching their mothering skills-has marked John Crocker for life and shaped his work as a family doctor. A delightful book full of love and respect for both animals and humans. -- Frans de Waal, New York Times bestselling author of 'Are We Smart Enough to Know How Smart Animals Are?' John Crocker's memoir traces a unique and fascinating arc from his early fieldwork with Jane Goodall, through a career in family medicine, and then back to revisit the people and chimpanzees at Gombe Stream. Written with genuine feeling and filled with intriguing insights, Following Fifi is a great read. -- Thor Hanson, author of 'Feathers' and 'The Triumph of Seeds'