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By Diane Burke Fessler

No Time for worry summons the voices of greater than a hundred girls who served as nurses in another country in the course of global battle II, allowing them to inform their tale as not anyone else can. Fessler has meticulously compiled and transcribed greater than two hundred interviews with American army nurses of the military, military Air strength, and military who have been found in all theaters of WWII. Their tales convey to existence bad stories of disease and hassle, blinding blizzards, and close to starvation---all confronted with braveness, tenacity, or even reliable humor. This detailed oral-history assortment makes to be had to readers a major counterpoint to the probably unending discussions of technique, making plans, and troop move that regularly signify discussions of the second one international War.   

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There was a hole carved in front of the belly. This guy was ambulatory and able to get around, especially to go to a fire station near the hospital where the patients went to play poker. This patient was a big, husky kid from New York, who played poker all the time and beat everyone. When he came back to the hospital, he would have a huge wad of money stuck right in front, in the belly hole in the front of the cast. In December 1942 I was transferred to the 147th on Oahu. The hospital had taken over St.

I took deep breaths to keep from fainting. After the patient was put on the sheet, I found a blanket and took it downstairs. The patient who needed the blanket had died, and a new one was in his place, so I covered him with the blanket. I remember the burn cases where eyelids and lashes were burned, and you couldn't see the nose. Burns smell horrible. Our chief nurse kept a perfumed handkerchief in her pocket, and while she was feeding a burn patient, she would sniff it. Once a patient asked if he could sniff it too, because he couldn't stand the smell.

For heroism he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross and three Purple Hearts. In his autobiography, Journey to Washington (Prentice Hall, 1967), Senator Inouye gives tribute to an army nurse who helped him in Leghorn, Italy: I wish I could remember her nameI'll never forget her facebut all I remember is that she came from Eagle Pass, Texas, and as far as I was concerned she was the best damn nurse in the United States Army. In a single moment she had made me see the job that lay ahead of me, and in all the weeks that followed she found a thousand subtle ways to help me master it.

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