18 Sep, 14 | by BMJ
In José Saramago’s book Blindness, he describes an epidemic of an unknown infection that causes people to lose their sight. A single person remains uninfected to bear witness to the anger, chaos, violence, and death generated by the spread of disease.
In the novel, humanity’s descent into blindness represents the loss of reason and shows how fear can cause dramatic social breakdown. At the same time, the clear vision of one person represents the opportunity to restore light.
What I saw in Sierra Leone, as an epidemiologist working on Ebola, reminded me of Saramago’s book. more…