CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/264
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her relatives
Date11 October 1918
Extent4 sheets + carbon copy
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, Valence, to her relatives, regarding description of the annexe with the aid of the Christmas card given to the patients last year, which shows pictures of the 201 and the annexe [absent]; it makes a good hospital but would have been a very badly-designed parochial centre; much colder weather and advent of the Mistral; she is already wearing her flannels; the weather is bright but very cold; the local population is being badly hit by Spanish influenza; there is some at the 201 but so far only colds and grippe at the annexe; there are orders for immediate evacuation of anyone showing the typical choleric symptoms; colds and bronchitis are treated quickly and thoroughly; treatments are detailed; tisanes of cherry stalks are used for some kidney symptoms to clear the poison; military orders are now preventing anyone from going out as the epidemic is worsening, and the wounded are not allowed to mix with the local population; the men are bored; possibility of making a papier maché splint for Bergaud, whose elbow is injured; 'as the man is very nervous in build, the three main arm nerves exposed in the open joint have caused him great pain'; he was crying and shivering with the pain, but soon lulled into sleep; now he can bear it much better; Hergaux' hand is much better, as he comes down from the Séminaire for treatment to recover from Miss Benett's work; description of him and the pleasure it is to work with him; he loves nature and his vines; his brother was wounded in the head, cured, returned to the front and taken prisoner, losing an eye in the incident; he is very brave; she is sorry she has so little time to write about all her interesting patients; incident of the nun being cheeky to Dr. Jacquin; she is stubborn in her own sphere; cooking chestnuts in their jackets for four hours. [Letter breaks off without signature]
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