Reflecting on SARS in Toronto
The boardroom grew silent as one of our staff made his promised announcement after morning rounds. Everyone seemed to sense that we were about to be dealt some sort of grave news. He told us how our hospital had received word from Scarborough Grace Hospital of a strange respiratory illness that has killed two members of the same family and infected some others. He explained that we would shortly be accepting a patient from that facility here at Sunnybrook. We were surprised to hear that no one was sure exactly what this was and that it appear to severely affect even younger people.
This was my first experience of sudden acute respiratory syndome (SARS), though at the time none of us knew it by that name. I am a medical student at the University of Toronto and my base hospital is Sunnybrook and Womens College Health Sciences Centre. This hospital