CollectionGB 0231 University of Aberdeen, Special Collections
Ref NoMS 3290/2/343
TitleLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws to her relatives
Date20 February 1920
Extent3 sheets + carbon copy
DescriptionLetter from Amelia Nyasa Laws, Metz, to her relatives, regarding a quiet week, 'various rows go on around me', her Arab patient managed to escape from his padded cell and was caught on top of a wall, he returned quite quietly, but broke windows later and had to be put into a camisole de force, the Pole left today to join his comrades at Nancy, but Poland is still at war with Russia so he might not be able to get home, he has not heard from his family since 1914, but knows that his father, mother and wife are dead, he is incurably half-paralysed following a cerebral haemorrhage, odd cases of paralysis recently caused by influenza, and two cases of sleeping sickness, but she does not know how they are treated here, Aunt Mary can show Amelia's list of cases to Mme. Bianchi as it will interest her, lots of them are fractures, resulting from riding accidents amongst the 28th. and 30th. Dragoons, but two are wounds from 'the accidental bursting of grenades while handling ammunition and fishing with grenades to stun the fish', rheumatism is a broad term, but is usually a muscular or nervous chill, description of the symptoms, in three cases it has resulted from 'serum, anti-diphtheric serum or salt solution', one patient thereafter unable to move his head for a month, sciatica also used broadly, trouble with Mlle. Stoufflet and her friend, Amelia's patient, 'a little horror', movements are now afoot for changes in the hospital, Mlle. Stoufflet will be angry when she finds out about all the changes, mention of Mme. Collin, a nurse since before 1870, whose husband was an officer in Morocco, she is inexhaustible, and Amelia will have to deal with her next.
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