Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Haley Reading Group: Sheri Fink's Life, Death, and Grim Routine Fill the Day at a Liberian Ebola Clinic
[The Best American Science and Nature Writing (2015)]
Sheri Fink’s article “Life, Death, and Grim Routine Fill the Day at a Liberian Ebola Clinic” focuses on the usual daily routine at a Liberian hospital that treats Ebola infected patients. Fink gives an in-depth account of how daily operations run, giving the reader a full understanding of how Ebola affects individuals, even those actually serving in the medical field.
Fink’s description of the patients in the hospital was especially enlightening. Fink notes one patient’s feelings towards dying of Ebola when the patient expressed that “he would rather die from a knife than from Ebola. Two days later, the disease killed him” (64). This point indicates how Ebola could cause an especially painful death and the extremes that patients were willing to avoid it.
After reading Fink’s article, what was one point concerning any patient’s reaction to having or possibly having Ebola that caught your attention? Why did that scene stand out to you? Please provide a page number citation.