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An American Health Dilemma: A Medical History of African Americans and the Problem of Race-Beginnings to 1900

An American Health Dilemma: A Medical History of African Americans and the Problem of... Book R eviews 205 wirh insufficiem sraff. Doherty describes her tour of one of the facilities in which she encoumered patients wit:h cubcrculosis and typhus packed inw corridors and cloakrooms. " J shall never forget the first day I walked round this ward with the QAlMNS (Queen Alexandra's Imperial Milit>lry Nursing Service) Sister and saw rhe gaum emaciated pallid skeletons, so me roo ill w observe, others giving a passing smi le or gl immer of recognition­ a few wi th brighter. Death was stalking, bur no one noticed-death mea nt nothing ro rhese who had li ved , ea ten and slepr among the dead fo r so long." (p. 71-72) . Both frustration s and successes are derailed in the letters. Some frustrations included a riot in one o f the wards, with patients accusing some of the German nursing staff of being ardent Nazis. W:u er and electricity would be cut off without warning, compounding che difficu lties faced by Doh erty and h er staff. Such events are desc ri bed wirb humor and sadness. She savored h er successes. Her delight in the rehabilitation of her patients includes both pictures and rext describing the http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

An American Health Dilemma: A Medical History of African Americans and the Problem of Race-Beginnings to 1900

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.10.1.205
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Book R eviews 205 wirh insufficiem sraff. Doherty describes her tour of one of the facilities in which she encoumered patients wit:h cubcrculosis and typhus packed inw corridors and cloakrooms. " J shall never forget the first day I walked round this ward with the QAlMNS (Queen Alexandra's Imperial Milit>lry Nursing Service) Sister and saw rhe gaum emaciated pallid skeletons, so me roo ill w observe, others giving a passing smi le or gl immer of recognition­ a few wi th brighter. Death was stalking, bur no one noticed-death mea nt nothing ro rhese who had li ved , ea ten and slepr among the dead fo r so long." (p. 71-72) . Both frustration s and successes are derailed in the letters. Some frustrations included a riot in one o f the wards, with patients accusing some of the German nursing staff of being ardent Nazis. W:u er and electricity would be cut off without warning, compounding che difficu lties faced by Doh erty and h er staff. Such events are desc ri bed wirb humor and sadness. She savored h er successes. Her delight in the rehabilitation of her patients includes both pictures and rext describing the

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2002

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