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Page 230 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1

Moir, Ethel, 1916, Document
Page 230 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
Page 230 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
Page 230 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
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Page 230 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
Newspaper article from The Scotsman dated May 28th 1918:

DR ELSIE INGLIS, whose sculptured bust bythe great Serbian artist Mestrovic passed into the keeping of the Scottish nation yesterday, is the Florence Nightingale of the present war. As the one, with the woman's solicitude for suffering, nursed our soldiers through the terrible pestilences of the Crimean War, so the other, moved by the same noble impulse, devoted her great skill in the art of healing to the battle with disease and the relief and cure of the wounded in one suffering corner of the war-stricken world of to-day. Although she did not die where she had served, she returned to her homeland mortally stricken, and it can be said in a very real sense that she gave her life on the field of battle, wearing herself out in assuaging the sufferings of others, spending her strength with too great a prodigality that others might live. The Serbian Government, mindful even in their troubled exile of the debt of gratitude which they owed to the devoted friend and succourer of their people, commissioned their greatest artist, and one of the world's most distinguished and individual sculptors, to prepare a permanent memorial of Dr Inglis. It is this work by a cunning hand which Prince George of Serbia handed over yesterday to the Secretary for Scotland to be retained on behalf of the Scottish people in one or other of the National Galleries. It was suitable that Serbia should thus acknowledge her "great benefactress and friend," and it is equally appropriate that Mestrovic's masterly memorial of this "admirable daughter of Scotland" should find a resting place in national keeping. Dr Inglis was gifted with great ability and a strong personality. Difficulties disappeared before the compelling force of her character. A pioneer among women doctors, she raised herself to a position of eminence in her profession, challenging the supremacy of the male specialist, protected by centuries of
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20.4 x 16.0 cm
Edinburgh and Scottish Collection