Beaumont, Winifred.


1st ed., 1977. 160 pp., 1 map. D.j., 23 x 16cm. Spine of d.j., faded o/w V.G. This is the story of an army nurse who served on the Burma Front in 1944. In that jungle campaign, seven times as many men were out of action from sickness or disease as were killed or wounded by the enemy. In the hospital at Imphal, every patient had a wound and a skin infection, most had jungle sores, dysentery and malaria as well. The author worked in base hospitals where the wards were virtually on permanent parade, and at the front line where she coped with makeshift wards in tents and shortage of water and food. In army parlance she was a Detail, a nursing sister who could be sent wherever she was most needed and this is her extraordinary perspective on Burma.

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