CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/289
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her relatives
Date6 April 1919
Extent3 sheets + carbon copy of 2 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, Valence, to her relatives, regarding writing with a stump of a pencil; no patients today; the annexe has been disinfected; she and the nun can stay there until the 201 closes, as there are repairs to be carried out before the Evangelicals can take it back; no concierge has been appointed, so they are probably saving money for them; the cellar was disinfected with sulphurous fumes; this affected the nun via the chimney when the officers' quarters were also done; it has made them sympathetic to gas victims; preparations of her room for the summer; she has learned to arrange such things quickly in between working; the Lycée and Hospital 12 were both to close but have not done so, so the patients the 201 was told to expect have not arrived; movements of patients and staff all around the town; the Service Militaire is to move into the Service Médical, a gloomy place run on mean economical lines; it is impossible to make decisions about the future when so much changes all the time; the civilian wards are dull and the nurses are bored; there is no music, and any humming or whistling is always welcome; she is still trying to organise her work to limit it to one hospital; account of a dream she had about attending an operation at the 201, where electricity had been used as an anaesthetic and the patient had died, turning the operation into a post-mortem, while the doctor and nurses formed a procession and sang a funeral dirge round the body; she interprets it as the death of the annexe, which was mostly a family in atmosphere. [Letter breaks off without signature]. Third page is a list of massage cases and results: Roche, with blood-poisoning in right thumb; Pastout with blood-poisoning in right index finger; Charrière, with suppurating arthritis of the left knee; Contant, with part of hip bones removed and other splinters still present; Gautier, with fracture of the thigh; Lecomte, with complete fracture of the knee; Lannois, with wound in right hand; Streff, with head of thighbone destroyed and removed; Macé, with long wound in buttocks and bone broken in arm; Guillard, with rheumatism; Gray, with broken left shoulder, left leg amputated and muscle damage to right leg; Mahieu, with right sciatic nerve partially burned by a ball; Prosper, with fractured wrist; Boudon, with fractured thigh; Sablairholles, with fractured thigh; Jeandot, with head of the humerus removed; Yasek, with two fractures of left leg and thigh; Mohamed, with fracture of left leg; Doussot, with left arm amputated and shrivelled; Lanevère, with three fingers amputated and sprained wrist; and Collignon, with fractured leg.
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