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Angels in Africa: Memoir of Nursing with the Colonial Service Hardcover – 31 Dec 1991
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This account of nursing in Africa - in Kenya, Zanzibar, the Seychelles and Northern Nigeria, reflects the author's experience of nursing practice and administration. It explains the problems presented by the African climate and lack of supplies, and the means by which nursing standards were maintained. The book reveals a life and work absorbed by practical tasks in which imperial rhetoric and condescension had no part.
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The book starts with Robertson getting a nursing sisters post in Kenya and on 21.2.1947, she sails to MOMBASA. Then by train to NAIROBI, where her work started in the European hospital. Later she was moved to NAKURU civil hospital. After few burglaries, she armed herself with .22 colt revolver. When not working, she was invited to the settlers farms. She would also horse ride around MENENGAI crater. She also visited Uganda and Lake Bunyoni(lake of the little birds). In March 1948, she climbed Mt Kenya upto Teleki Valley(14,000ft) and visits NANYUKI and MERU and meets George Adamson. After suffering from Malaria in 1950, Robertson was transfered to African District Hospital, NYERI. In early 1951, after visiting Mt Meru and Ngorongoro Crater in Tanganyika, she went to England for 6 months leave. Then after spending on relief duty in Seychelles, she returned to Nairobi, to work at King George VI Hospital for Africans(Kenyatta National Hospital). She visits Lake Kivu, Virunga Volcanoes, Pygmies of Ituri forest and the Ruwenzori Mountains of the Moon, in Congo. On arrival back in Kenya, she was posted in KERICHO.
From 1954 to 1959, she was posted to Government Hospital, Zanzibar Town. After spending 2 years of nursing in Nigeria, she flew back to Kenya in 1960. After contacting Malaria, she was transfered from the coast to KISII. From here, she was moved to KISUMU. This gave her opportunity to visit National Parks of Uganda. She also visits Nyeri, Nanyuki, Amboseli, Rumuruti and Thomson's Falls, in Kenya. Then on 13.4.1964, she left Kenya for ever.
Bridget Robertson narrates many stories of her life and work in attending her patients and sometimes their animals and her dedication and love for her work and Africa is very evident. Some other books of interest are:-
(1) Under The Sun, J R Gregory 1951(1977)
(2) A Fly in Amber, Susan Woods 1964
(3) Surgeon on Safari, Paul Jorden 1976
(4) Go An Extra Mile, Dr Michael Woods 1978
(5) Different Drums, Dr Michael Woods 1987
(6) Kilimanjaro Tales, Dr Latham 1994
Having born in Kenya, I enjoyed reading this book.