The Backwash of War Annotated The Human Wreckage of the Battlefield as Witnessed by an American Hospital Nurse CONTENTS PAGE HEROES LA PATRIE RECONNAISSANTE THE HOLE IN THE HEDGE ALONE A BELGIAN CIVILIAN THE INTERVAL WOMEN AND WIVES POUR LA PATRIE LOCOMOTOR ATAXIA A SURGICAL TRIUMPH
CONTENTS PAGE HEROES 3 LA PATRIE RECONNAISSANTE 17 THE HOLE IN THE HEDGE 35 ALONE 49 A BELGIAN CIVILIAN 63 THE INTERVAL 77 WOMEN AND WIVES 95 POUR LA PATRIE 115 LOCOMOTOR ATAXIA 129 A SURGICAL TRIUMPH 143 AT THE TELEPHONE 159 A CITATION 167 AN INCIDENT 181 HEROES When he could stand it no longer, he fired a revolver up through the roof of his mouth, but he made a mess of iCONTENTS PAGE HEROES 3 LA PATRIE RECONNAISSANTE 17 THE HOLE IN THE HEDGE 35 ALONE 49 A BELGIAN CIVILIAN 63 THE INTERVAL 77 WOMEN AND WIVES 95 POUR LA PATRIE 115 LOCOMOTOR ATAXIA 129 A SURGICAL TRIUMPH 143 AT THE TELEPHONE 159 A CITATION 167 AN INCIDENT 181 HEROES When he could stand it no longer, he fired a revolver up through the roof of his mouth, but he made a mess of it The ball tore out his left eye, and then lodged somewhere under his skull, so they bundled him into an ambulance and carried him, cursing and screaming, to the nearest field hospital The journey was made in double quick time, over rough Belgian roads To save his life, he must reach the hospital without delay, and if he was bounced to death jolting along at breakneck speed, it did not matter That was understood He was a deserter, and discipline must be maintained Since he had failed in the job, his life must be saved, he must be nursed back to health, until he was well enough to be stood up against a wall and shot This is War Things like this also happen in peace time, but not so obviously At the hospital, he behaved abominably The ambulance men declared that he had tried to throw himself out of the back of the ambulance, that he had yelled and hurled himself about, and spat blood all over the floor and blankets in short, he was very disagreeable Upon the operating table, he was no reasonable He shouted and screamed and threw himself from side to side, and it took a dozen leather straps and four or five orderlies to hold him in position, so that the surgeon could examine him During this commotion, his left eye rolled about loosely upon his cheek, and from his bleeding mouth he shot great clots of stagnant blood, caring not where they fell One fell upon the immaculate white uniform of the Directrice, and stained her, from breast to shoes It was disgusting They told him it was La Directrice, and that he must be careful For an instant he stopped his raving, and regarded her fixedly with his remaining eye, then took aim afresh, and again covered her with his coward blood Truly it was disgusting To the M decin Major it was incomprehensible, and he said so To attempt to kill oneself, when, in these days, it was so easy to die with honour upon the battlefield, was something he could not understand So the M decin Major stood patiently aside, his arms crossed, his supple fingers pulling the long black hairs on his bare arms, waiting He had long to wait, for it was difficult to get the man under the an sthetic Many cans of ether were used, which went to prove that the patient was a drinking man Whether he had acquired the habit of hard drink before or since the war could not be ascertained the war had lasted a year now, and in that time many habits may be formed As the M decin Major stood there, patiently fingering the hairs on his hairy arms, he calculated the amount of ether that was expended five cans of ether, at so many francs a can however, the ether was a donation from America, so it did not matter Even so, it was wasteful At last they said he was ready He was quiet During his struggles, they had broken out two big teeth with the mouth gag, and that added a little blood to the blood already choking him Then the M decin Major did a very skilful operation He trephined the skull, extracted the bullet that had lodged beneath it, and bound back in place that erratic eye After which the man was sent over to the ward, while the surgeon returned hungrily to his dinner, long overdue In the ward, the man was a bad patient He insisted upon tearing off his bandages, although they told him that this meant bleeding to death His mind seemed fixed on death.
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