The Lassa Ward One Man's Fight Against One of the World's Deadliest Diseases

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  • Copyright: 2010-07-20
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
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When Ross Donaldson gave up his comfy life in the U.S. to go into Sierra Leone, a country ravaged by fighting and plagued by conflict from neighboring Liberia, he was an idealistic student. When he left, he was lucky to be alive. In a hospital with few supplies, he had to care for patients afflicted with Lassa fever, a highly contagious hemorrhagic illness similar to Ebola. Forced to confront his own fear of the disease, he made life-and-death decisions in the face of a never-ending onslaught of the sick. Ultimately, he found himself not only fighting for the lives of others but for his own. The Lassa Ward is the memoir of a young man studying to be a physician, while making his way through a land where a battle against one of the world's deadliest diseases matches a struggle for human rights and decency. It is also the story of a young doctor who rises to the occasion and does his best to save lives, but not without finally confronting his own human frailty.

Author Biography

DR. ROSS I. DONALDSON is a UCLA medical professor who works in one of Los Angeles's main trauma centers, specializing in emergency medicine and global health. He is author of several medical texts and has been a humanitarian in some of the world’s most dangerous places. When in the States, he resides in Venice Beach, California.

Table of Contents

Journal Entryp. 1
Prologuep. 3
Swept Away
Swept Awayp. 9
The Rainsp. 16
Your Deed Is Your Historyp. 22
Just Say Nop. 28
Little Buddhasp. 33
Risky Businessp. 41
The Measure of Thingsp. 47
The Lassa Ward
First Feep. 55
Dr. Contehp. 61
The Lassa Wardp. 69
Technical Difficultiesp. 76
God's Willp. 81
Friday Ritualsp. 89
A Foreign Funeralp. 96
An Unexpected Deliveryp. 105
Scarcely Tallerp. 112
Alonep. 117
Twenty-four Hoursp. 125
Barely Medicinep. 133
In Deepp. 140
First, Do No Harmp. 146
A Visitorp. 154
Another Dropp. 161
Finally a Doctor
More Than Medicinep. 169
Borrowed Chipsp. 177
Heal Thyselfp. 185
Dots of Hopep. 190
A Tiny Miraclep. 197
The Growing Darknessp. 204
One Last Dayp. 208
Finally a Doctorp. 213
Last Rites
Seeds of Sufferingp. 221
Soggy Footstepsp. 229
Part of Africap. 236
Homecomingp. 241
A Familiar Facep. 246
Technologic Dreamsp. 254
Last Ritesp. 257
Epiloguep. 264
A Note from the Authorp. 267
Acknowledgmentsp. 269
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