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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best
This diary, sympathetically edited by the author's nephew Richard Crewdson, and accompanied throughout by Dorothea's own original drawings, covers the entire period of her wartime service as a VAD in France between June 1915 and March 1919. It charts her time at three separate military hospitals and describes VAD life in great detail introducing many friends, relatives,...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A moving account of a Nursing in the 1914 -18 World War
A very moving and insightful account of the experiences of women on the front line during the 1914 - 1918 War. It depicts the suffering of those fighting and shows how attitudes and treatments were carried out in the days before antibiotics were readily available and before the psychological illness were fully understood.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, 13 Jun 2013
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This diary, sympathetically edited by the author's nephew Richard Crewdson, and accompanied throughout by Dorothea's own original drawings, covers the entire period of her wartime service as a VAD in France between June 1915 and March 1919. It charts her time at three separate military hospitals and describes VAD life in great detail introducing many friends, relatives, patients and colleagues. Very little is written elsewhere about the basic facts of a nurse's life in France, and there's a lot to be learnt here aboutliving arrangements, conditions of service, pay, ward work and above all about loyalty and friendship. Although sickness and death have a part in the book, they are not the main players.The introduction to the book makes no secret of the fact that Dorothea Crewdson's life was cut short, with her sudden death in France in March 1919 and the book ends with a letter written to Dorothea's mother by her Matron, Melina McCord. It's a heart-breaking tribute, guaranteed to bring tears to the eyes of all but the most dispassionate reader. The book informs and instructs, but more than that it shows that where loss, death and hardship exist, whether they be personal or professional, ways can always be found to deal with them. It makes essential reading for anyone with an interest in nursing, VADs and hospital life during the Great War. But be warned - have a handkerchief ready for the finale.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Facinating read!, 14 July 2013
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I originally saw this book on a shelf in the book shop and it caught my eye. I tracked it down later on Amazon for my Kindle. I thought it was well written, reminiscent of the time. You get a real feel of what life must have been like. Thoroughly enjoyed it and would recommend it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A readable war Diary, 15 July 2013
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Very interesting and difficult to put down. A real insight into the sacrifice by so many young men and the real dedication of the young women who nursed them.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nursing the wounded, 8 July 2013
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A charming story of a volunteer nurse in the first world war, this book has none of the mud and blood horror of the trenches but is fascinating account of what life was like in the field hospitals set up in northern France. Tents blow away, night duty is dreaded, convoys of patients arrive and, when sufficiently recovered, are dispatched back to 'Blightly' ie England. If you want sex or adventure don't buy this book. A mild flirtation with a doctor, with a walk in the woods to pick wild flowers is the most you'll get. But if you are happy with a genuine account written up day by day, with delightful little sketches, and told entirely in her own words, by a young woman who dedicated the whole of her short adult life to caring for the wounded, this would be a gentle and moving read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting!, 6 Oct 2013
The book is brilliant. I wish this was how they taught history at schools. Definitely recommend the book if you like this kind of thing.
I'm not a book worm but I have been struggling to out this book down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating for young and old alike, 13 Feb 2014
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A wonderful snapshot of a young woman's involvement in the First World War. All the more interesting as every word of it is true.
Richard Crewdson has done a marvellous job at editing and presenting his aunt's war diary.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fascinating read, 9 Jun 2014
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As a present day nurse I felt it was time to find out more about nursing in wartime.I also love diaries and found it hard to put the book down.There was so much detail about the everyday life of living and working so close to the front line with all the changes and upsets involved.The fact that Dorothea sadly didn't survive to go home just added to the poignancy and limitations of medicine in those times.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A moving account of a Nursing in the 1914 -18 World War, 21 May 2014
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A very moving and insightful account of the experiences of women on the front line during the 1914 - 1918 War. It depicts the suffering of those fighting and shows how attitudes and treatments were carried out in the days before antibiotics were readily available and before the psychological illness were fully understood.
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4.0 out of 5 stars dorotheas war, 8 May 2014
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it is an interesting book but slow for reading as it is a diary you have to follow closely I like the little
drawings she had a hard job looking after the soldiers and she only had basic training as a VAD
how many modern women could do what they did perhaps we might know a bit more due to ops on the tv but all the same I will finish the book but a slow read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nurses diary 1914- 1918, 6 May 2014
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At first I felt this was a jaunt for an upper class woman who mainly recorded her social life while serving as a nurse but soon the reality of the war takes over. I suppose the nurses who vollunteered had no more idea than the soldiers of what they were letting themselves in for. As this was a diary it was often written hurriedly and what was recorded was what was on her mind at that particular moment therefore it is honest with no time to rethink what she was writing. The style and ideas are dated- she was a woman of her time but I liked her. A good read.
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