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Page 233 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1

Moir, Ethel, 1916, Document
Page 233 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
Page 233 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
Page 233 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
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Page 233 from Ethel Moir Diary, Vol 1
in the hospital at Krushevatz, which was under the care of Dr Inglis and Dr Hollway, the number of wounded under the greatest pressure rising to 1200. Patients were placed in the corridors, at first one man to one bed, but later two beds with three men in them. When there were no more bedsteads mattresses were placed on the floors.
Writing of these conditions, Dr Inglis said: - "We could not take away the men's uniforms, either in the magazine or corridors, for the weather was bitterly cold, and there was already a shortage of fuel. This fact, taken with the overcrowding and the condition of the men - fatigued, depressed, and underfed - made the possibility of an outbreak of typhus a very real danger. At the request of the director of the hospital, Major Nicolitch, we opened a small building in the grounds as an infectious diseases hospital, and he
appealed to the Austrians for the use of another building to relieve the overcrowding. 'There is no other building,' was the answer, though all the time the upper storey of the Prefecture was empty (the lower one was used as a store for Red Cross equipment, which they had taken from us without receipt), and the fact was brought to their notice.
But we soon realised that no help was to be expected from that quarter, and that we must help ourselves. So we improvised a bathroom in the corner of the Magazine, took over all the bathing arrangements for the hospital, set two French dis- infectors going with the help of a Russian and one of ourselves, who was something of a mechanic,
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