PRAYER IN A 'CHOLERA SCARE'

I FOUND Science and Health on a shelf in a room I was renting in Geneva, Switzerland. I had come to that city to continue studies in the field of international relations and to work part time as a secretary. Within a year of beginning to read the book, doors opened for me to start working as a translator for international organizations, first on a free-lance basis.

Several years later, I found myself near the end of a contract, in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. One day, it was reported that an epidemic of cholera had started in the countryside. For a large city that had very limited running water and sewer facilities at that time, the threat that the epidemic would spread was frightening.

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