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patient, now that he was here, belonged as much to the French field
hospital as to any other, and as the big English ambulance from Ypres
had driven off again, there was not much use in protesting. The
French surgeon was annoyed and irritated. It was a characteristic
English trick, he thought, this getting other people to do their
work. Why could they have not taken the child to one of their own
hospitals, since he had been wounded in their lines, or else have taken
him to the hospital provided for Belgian civilians, where, full as it
was, there was always room for people as small as this. The
surgeon worked himself up into quite a temper.... [His] thoughts
travelled round and round in an irritated circle, and always came back
to the fact that the English ambulance had gone, and here lay the
patient, and something must be done.
This is from Nurses at the Front, edited by Margaret Higonnet.
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