Ross Donaldson “The Lassa Ward”
June 12th, 2009
When second-year medical student Ross Donaldson went to west Africa in 2003, it was to study the rare Lassa virus, a viral hemorrhagic fever and a cousin of the feared Ebola virus.
In Sierra Leone Donaldson connected with Dr. Aniru Conteh, whose Lassa ward had treated thousands of patients. But public health in the Third World is a whole different kind of medicine, as Donaldson found out when tested by fire. He describes that unforgettable summer in his book “The Lassa Ward.”
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