( BOOK The Lassa Ward One Man's Fight Against One of the World's Deadliest Diseases ) ☆ Ross I. Donaldson – doctorio.us

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*an interest in in narratives from reading book but it could have been much better with the kind of attention from the publishereditor that seems to be slowly oing away Ross is a medical student from California who decides to o 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 the completely different set of the people there Of the polarity of medical care where there are no supplies for things he takes for ranted Such as the fact there is not even a breathing bagmask 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 lifeThe book is less about Lassa Fever and about his own personal education of a system doing its best with no resources or support amidst political chaosAfter reading this book and against the aftermath of the recent Ebola epidemic I have to wonder how little things have changed in over ten year. Ospital Soon however he is not only fighting for others but himself when he becomes afflicted with a life threatening disease The Lassa Ward is 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 th.  ,

The Lassa Ward One Man's Fight Against One of the World's Deadliest DiseasesAt happens simply because any iven laboring Woman Was Unsupervised Being Unsupervised was unsupervised being unsupervised 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 ood 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 student s adventure into a meaningful work on the conditions and structures which contribute to the need for such aid work The end of the book is basically Hey my adventure was over and I went home a changed man something not nearly so interesting as further discussion of the limitations of sending partially trained students to put small bandages on deep wounds or the medical and structural situations in the country and system in which the author operated I ve read a number of books lately to which my response has been A ood editor could have made this much better and unfortun. Uck 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

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Interesting memoir of a medical student who studies and works in a Lassa Ward He Comes Across He comes across a very idealistic and compassionate doctor I hope that as time has passed he s kept those ualities I read this following the completion of Crisis in the Red Zone While it didn t have the powerful punch of the former book it is an incredible and eye opening account of being an aid worker in in a war torn country and the challenges of containing deathly disease This is *a touching memoir of a young medical student who decides to volunteer * touching memoir of a young medical student who decides to volunteer the LASSA FEVER WARD IN SIERRA LEONE Fever ward in Sierra Leone against the back drop of a civil war in neighboring Liberia He is a babe in the woods managing to save some lives under the sparse conditions with very limited resources My strongest praise is for his I rabbed 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 complicatedobstructed and skilled assistance is not available In other words it s a problem of infrastructure and availability of care not something th. 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 lobal health and communicable disease Donaldson soon found himself in dangerous Sierra Leone on the border of war str. ,