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The Backwash of War: An Extraordinary American Nurse in World War I, by Ellen N. La Motte

The Backwash of War: An Extraordinary American Nurse in World War I, by Ellen N. La Motte The Backwash of War: An Extraordinary American Nurse in World War I By Ellen N. La Motte, Edited and with an Introduction by Cynthia Wachtell (Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019) (264 pages; $24.95 paper; $24.95 electronic). In mid-July 1915, after months of searching for a position in a hospital on the Western Front, American nurse Ellen Newbold La Motte (1873–1961), began a stint at l’Hôpital Chirurgical Mobile No 1 near Rousbrugge, Belgium, a French military hospital funded by American writer and heiress Mary Bor- den. By the end of the first week of October, she left her post, commenting in her diary, “Am very tired, & feel I can do so little here–so little in comparison to my possibilities & training, that I am just wasting myself .”Despite her fatigue and discouragement, she returned for two three- to four-week trips in the first part of 1916. These forays to the Front resulted in the collection of fictionalized sketches published with G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1916 as The Backwash of War: The Human Wreckage of the Battlefield as Witnessed by an American Hospital Nurse. In its original form it consisted of an introduction and thirteen short stories. When http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

The Backwash of War: An Extraordinary American Nurse in World War I, by Ellen N. La Motte

Nursing History Review , Volume 29 (1): 3 – Dec 24, 2020

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The Backwash of War: An Extraordinary American Nurse in World War I By Ellen N. La Motte, Edited and with an Introduction by Cynthia Wachtell (Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2019) (264 pages; $24.95 paper; $24.95 electronic). In mid-July 1915, after months of searching for a position in a hospital on the Western Front, American nurse Ellen Newbold La Motte (1873–1961), began a stint at l’Hôpital Chirurgical Mobile No 1 near Rousbrugge, Belgium, a French military hospital funded by American writer and heiress Mary Bor- den. By the end of the first week of October, she left her post, commenting in her diary, “Am very tired, & feel I can do so little here–so little in comparison to my possibilities & training, that I am just wasting myself .”Despite her fatigue and discouragement, she returned for two three- to four-week trips in the first part of 1916. These forays to the Front resulted in the collection of fictionalized sketches published with G. P. Putnam’s Sons in 1916 as The Backwash of War: The Human Wreckage of the Battlefield as Witnessed by an American Hospital Nurse. In its original form it consisted of an introduction and thirteen short stories. When

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Published: Dec 24, 2020

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