The Lassa Ward

The Lassa Ward

One Man's Fight Against One of the World's Deadliest Diseases

Book - 2009
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Describes the author's journey to Sierra Leone as an untried medical student in order to help control the spread of lassa fever, battling poor working conditions, political strife, and contracting the disease himself.

McMillan Palgrave
Ross Donaldson is one of just a few who have ventured into dark territory of a country ravaged by war to study one of the world’s most deadly diseases. As an untried medical student studying the intersection of global health and communicable disease, Donaldson soon found himself in dangerous Sierra Leone, on the border of war-struck Liberia, where he struggled to control the spread of Lassa Fever. The words, “you know Lassa can kill you, don’t you?” haunted him each day. With the country in complete upheaval and working conditions suffering, he is forced to make life-and-death decisions alone as a never-ending onslaught of contagious patients flood the hospital. Soon however, he is not only fighting for others but himself when he becomes afflicted with a life threatening disease. The Lassa Ward is more than just an adventure story about the making of a physician; it is a portrait of the Sierra Leone people and the human struggle of those risking their daily comforts and lives to aid them.

Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312377007
Branch Call Number: 610.92 D7149L 2009
Characteristics: ix, 270 p. ; 25 cm


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