Obituaries

Donald Low

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f6258 (Published 04 November 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f6258
  1. Barbara Kermode-Scott, Canada
  1. kermodeb{at}gmail.com

The “face of medicine’s response to SARS” during the outbreak in Canada who posthumously fronted a pro-assisted suicide campaign

Donald Low was an infectious diseases expert, an educator, researcher, born leader, and strategist. Although widely respected by colleagues in Canada and internationally, he came to the public’s attention during the outbreak of severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS) in Canada in 2003 when he provided information to the media on a daily basis. Forty four Canadians died during the SARS outbreak, and at one point Low was quarantined at home for 14 days after contact with an infected colleague.

Ten years later, in February 2013, he was diagnosed as having a brain stem tumour. Eight days before his …

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