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AQA English Language Non Fiction Reading Anthology | Health

pdodd | Friday January 01, 2016

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19th Century Extracts

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In this extract a hospital prepares for the arrivals of casualties from the Crimean War in the 1850’s in England

A message came to me to prepare for 510 wounded on our side of the Hospital who were arriving from the dreadful affair of the 5th November from Balaklava, in which battle were 1763 wounded and 442 killed, besides 96 officers wounded and 38 killed. I always expected to end my Days as Hospital Matron, but I never expected to be Barrack Mistress. We had but half an hour’s notice before they began landing the wounded. Between one and 9 o’clock we had the mattresses stuffed, sewn up, laid down—alas! Only upon matting on the floor—the men washed and put to bed, and all their wounds dressed. I wish I had time. I would write you a letter dear to a surgeon’s heart. I am as good as a Medical Times! But oh! you Gentlemen of England who sit at Home in all the well-earned satisfaction of your successful cases, can have little Idea from reading the newspapers of the Horror and Misery (in a Military Hospital) of operating upon these dying, exhausted men. A London Hospital is a Garden of Flowers to it.

We have our Quarters in one Tower of the Barrack, and all this fresh influx has been laid down...


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