This is the first book to tell the entire story of Esther Bacon, a medical missionary to Liberia. The effect of the things she did was historically unique.
Esther Bacon went out to Liberia just before the Second World War, in 1941. She worked in a Lutheran mission hospital in the jungle village of Zorzor until her death from Lassa Fever in 1972. She went out as a Registered Nurse, but for the first four yars functioned as a physician, midwife, public health officer, dietician, and in many other fields.
Esther Bacon is a legend in Liberia. While researching her story twenty years after she died, the author could find no one who did not know her name. She is buried twenty feet from the obstetrical ward where whe revolutionized medical care in notthern Liberia. The School of Nursing is named for her. A school in the capital, Monrovia, in named for her.