CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/199
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her relatives
Date22 July 1917
Extent7 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, Chambéry, to her relatives, regarding finding the work tiring in hot weather; description of walk home and local poultry; Aunt is very fond of the little flat; she is doing very well buying provisions at the market, picking up essential French; the pattern of their days; work progressing satisfactorily; meeting the physician, who calls occasionally and seems very pleasant; Dr. Chiron looks after open wounds and the physician everything else; there is also a military doctor, Dr. Julien, who spends most of his time playing board games with the patients when he has done their dressings; Dr. Chiron is very busy but devotes much time to the hospital and is highly thought of by his colleagues as a surgeon; he is thorough, which sometimes makes him feared, but it is a good thing; the place is well-organised; Mlle. Vernaz is good at matching patients with nurses; she has good humour and is just and fair; Amelia has had a fight with Loreau about time allocated for massage; he would rather go to the mécano [the massage machine]; Mlle. Vernaz is stern with him, as he has already received a number of favours but still considers that he is hard done by; he freely admits he is spoiled and intends to spoil his son, too; the younger patients are always easier to deal with; Piquet is 'an unpolished diamond' and brings life to his ward, a joker but willing to give any assistance; another patient, bedridden, kills flies but in such a way that he keeps his fellow patients laughing all the time; Picquet's arm is nearly straight now '(he has two medals for having taken a flag from the Germans all by himself)'; Allemand, the skeleton with the amputated leg, is eating a little better and putting on weight; Philippe can now put his heel on the ground; Boursier can take a few steps without a stick; Raby is now walking without pain; the men are willing for progress and the nurses are cheerful. [Letter breaks off without signature]
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