CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/250
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her relatives
Date12 July 1918
Extent4 sheets
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, Valence, to her relatives, regarding sending postcard to Chiesa; letter from Dr. Jacquin listing papers which the Lyon authorities wish to see; the results might return in one month or two; doctors should be paid by results and then they might move a bit faster; Dr. Vittoz was no help; Mme. Delattre advises her to go on with the formalities and do something else in the meantime, but she does not consider this ethical or practical; there is no massage required in Red Cross hospitals at Valence because of the presence of the centre de physiothérapie; Miss Gatliff thinks she should withdraw her application to Lyon and apply only to the Red Cross where decisions can be taken locally; she sends Amelia to talk to an American doctoress, in charge of the refugees sent to Valence; she is very self-important; she is overseeing free medical help for peasants and they are in her waiting room, looking worn out; she is not particularly courteous and even less helpful; finally the decision is to withdraw the Lyon request and return to contact the pastor's daughter regarding working in a Red Cross hospital in Aix; Dr. Vittoz continues to be lethargically unhelpful; the masseur tells her that they once had a masseur who received approval for his application two years after submitting it; the Swedish masseuse turns out to be a qualified doctor with training in London, Dublin and Birmingham, specialising in a treatment for constitutional massage, particularly useful for open wounds; she should be at the Front but was posted to Valence instead; letters are now to be reduced in size and weight, so she hopes to write twice a week instead; Aunt required a military medical permit to go to Sondrio but her arm was so swollen it was granted and Uncle allowed to accompany her; the village in which they are staying is primitive but the food is good; review of troops in Valence; prize-giving for Jaques Delattre and her gift of chocolate for the occasion; book on Kellgren's 'Manual Treatment', lent to her by Miss Benett; the second part deals with vibratory treatment for various medical conditions; she is pleased that Miss Gatliff and Mme. Delattre have been so helpful to her but hopes to find work soon. [Letter breaks off without signature]
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