World civ 3.14.12

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World civ 3.14.12

  1. 1. Sandy CashMailbox 108The nurses diary shows how World War I was like. She explains the horrors of the war, and howit affects the nurses. She talks about how they run out of supplies, to the point where they had topick who should get surgery. Also, she talks about how these men have been wounded and havebeen in the mud for a long time before they actually get to the hospital.The nurse says that by the fourth week that all the nurses were used to “the constant influx ofmangled and bleeding forms.” She goes on to say that their water supply is becoming less andless: to the point that they could only use the taps for half an hour each day. This makes it hardfor the nurses to care for the wounded soldiers, of whom there were one hundred and seventy,who needed water a lot.The second main thing the nurse talks about is how when the men come in, they are hard to takecare of because they did not receive any first-aid. She describes how hard it was to treat the mensaying, “...treating wounds in a home-hospital under surgically clean conditions is a very differentthing from dealing with mangled and shattered flesh where the wounds are filled with much tornclothing and shrapnel.” She also talks about begging surgeons to operate on a soldier, eventhough the surgeons thought it better to operate on someone else, because the soldier did not looklike he’d live. It turns out that the soldier did recover from the surgery; in fact, since he could nothave any food or drink by the mouth, he grabbed his neighbor’s bread and ate it.The nurse, in her diary, does a good job at showing the horrors of World War I. It is hard toimagine trying to pick who should get the medical attention and who should not. Also, sheexplains how it was hard to take care of these men with little water supply. Even though she isnot actually fighting in World War I, she does a good job at describing what these men gothrough, by how they come in covered in mud.

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