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★ The Lassa Ward: One Man's Fight Against One of the World's Deadliest Diseases PDF / Epub ✈ Author Ross I. Donaldson –

The Lassa Ward: One Man's Fight Against One of the World's Deadliest DiseasesRoss Donaldson Was An Idealistic Young Medical Student Who Gave Up His Comfortable Life In The States To Venture Into Sierra Leone, A Country Ravaged By Fighting And Plagued By Conflict Streaming Across The Border From Neighboring Liberia In A Hospital Ward With Meager Supplies, Ross Is In A Race Against Time To Find A Way To Care For Patients Afflicted With Lassa Fever, A Deadly And Highly Contagious Hemorrhagic Illness Similar To Ebola Forced To Confront His Own Fears, He Stands Alone To Make Life And Death Decisions In The Face Of A Never Ending Onslaught Of The Sick Ultimately, He Finds Himself Not Only Fighting For The Lives Of Others But Also 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.

★ The Lassa Ward: One Man's Fight Against One of the World's Deadliest Diseases PDF / Epub ✈ Author Ross I. Donaldson –
  • Paperback
  • 270 pages
  • The Lassa Ward: One Man's Fight Against One of the World's Deadliest Diseases
  • Ross I. Donaldson
  • English
  • 01 September 2017
  • 9780312377014

    10 thoughts on “★ The Lassa Ward: One Man's Fight Against One of the World's Deadliest Diseases PDF / Epub ✈ Author Ross I. Donaldson –

  1. says:

    Overall I really liked this book I thought it was an inspiring story that demonstrated the stark contrast between life here in the U.S versus elsewhere, and showing just how good most Americans have it It is the story of a...

  2. says:

    Ross is a medical student from California who decides to go to Africa, to learn about the deadly Lassa Fever in a ward in Sierre Leone and write a paper about his experiences Nothing there is as he expected This book is about his experience of the chasm between cultures and the completely different mind set of the people there Of the polarity of medical care where there are no supplies for things he takes for granted Such as the fact there is not even a breathing bag mask and there is no way to even test for what they are treating How even though health care is supposed to be free, health care workers refuse to treat those who cannot pay How care workers do not understand the differences between viruses and bacteria or that different antibiotics treat different infections He is unsure and frightened of making a mistake that costs someone their life.The book is less about Lassa Fever and about...

  3. says:

    Do No HarmThank you Dr Ross for your efforts and giving heart and soul to the Lassa Ward.We humans that have running water, endless supply of nourishing food, health care, technology and numerous medical staff available for our call and assistance accept what we feel is our right, but could be lost in a disaster in a moment.You brought me right into the ward on rounds with you The empty medicine cabinets and lack of medical equipment made me question how we humans have faile...

  4. says:

    La historia real autobiogr fica de un estudiante avanzado de medicina que va a Sierra Leona a colaborar en una pabell n muy precario que trata casos de fiebre de Lassa, una fiebre hemorr gica muy mortal, contagiosa y siniestra.

    Un poco pomposo el estilo al principio y al final y le sobran la mitad de los adjetivos, pero es tan gracioso y adorable el autor, tan sincero con respecto a lo poco preparado que se...

  5. says:

    This is a touching memoir of a young medical student who decides to volunteer in the Lassa Fever ward in Sierra Leone all against the back drop of a civil war in neighboring Liberia He is a babe in the woods, managing to save some lives under ...

  6. says:

    AmazingI hope this author continues to write about his ongoing medical journey His eloquence is a gift that few have His insight and education of those with less inspired me to rise up.

  7. says:

    This could be three stars, I suppose, but the writing drove me up the wall and back down, andthe rest of it didn t really help matters.The back cover copy says Ross Donaldson was an idealistic young medical student when he gave up his comfortable life in the States to venture into Sierra Leone, a country ravaged by fightingNope He spent a summer between years of higher education doing research and humanitarian work He gave up those creature comforts for two months Not the same as giving up his comfortable life in the States Now, in a hospital ward with meager supplies, Ross is in a race against time to find a way to care for patients afflicted with Lassa feverAgain nope The only significant race against time involved the fact that he was only there for two months He wasn t working to find a cure there was already a drug on the market, though not an ideal one he was a med student doing research and helping out Getting patients started on medication for Lassa was time sensitive but not nearly as dramatic as it sounds here Forced to confront his own fears, he stands alone to make life and death decisions in the face of a never ending onslaught of the sick.Whoa there, cowboy Briefly, yes when the experienced...

  8. says:

    I grabbed this book from the public library on impulse, and overall it was an easy and interesting read However, that comes with a caveat I m beginning to apply to and books it could have been much better with some careful editorial attention As a small, specific example, the author refers to obstetric fistula as something that happens when delivery is unsupervised People with knowledge of this topic know that fistula is an injury that occurs when labor is complicated obstructed and skilled assistance is not available In other words, it s a problem of infrastructure and availability of care, not something that happens simply because any given laboring woman was unsupervised being unsupervised does not by itself cause fistula It s a small distinction in language that makes a difference as to whether the text is medically accurate I find it difficult to believe that an MD, MPH author with personal experience working in Africa where fistula is much common due to lack of available maternity care , so I can t help wondering if someone on the publishing end either made the statement incorrect while trying to make it simple, or if it s just an item a good editor with some medical knowledge should have clarified before proceeding More broadly, despite the nature of this book as a memoir and so rather self centered by design , some editorial attention could have transformed this book from merely an account of one med...

  9. says:

    This is a true story A 3rd year medical student with an MPH spends a summer in a small village in Sierra Leone, Africa, to help an aging physician that has spent his life educating and caring for populations stricken with the deadly viral hemorrhagic Lassa fever In the west, it is classified as a bio safety level 4 disease When the doctor has to leave town for a few weeks, the student is left on his own to care for the patients He is overwhelmed due to his lack of knowledge experience in this area However, with the help of minimally educated staff that have worked with the elderly physician for years, the student uses his critical thinking medical skills to make life and death decisions about treatment for the patients Do they have Lassa fever, malaria, or something else They have no equipment except to do blood typing or administer IV fluids and blood, so diagnosis is a best guess relate...

  10. says:

    Donald s memoir recounts his two months working as an aid worker in the Lassa ward in a remote area of Sierra Leone Lassa fever is highly contagious, similar to Ebola, and requires quarantining the patients and extreme caution by the caregivers in order to prevent spreading the disease.Donaldson was still a med student during the time he spent in Africa, but due to short staffing and fear of transmission, the Lassa ward served as an excellent training ground for him I thought his explanations of what could be complicated medical jargon were easy to understand I also liked the day by day accounting of his experience I might have given this book four stars were it not for several jarring proofreading errors I ve kind of become accustomed to spelling errors and disjointed sentence structure, although it s still a pet peeve but thi...

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