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April 18, 1942

Clara Barton: Daughter of Destiny

JAMA. 1942;118(16):1420. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830160080038

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This book will delight the lover of biographies. It is well written and almost brings to life the person of Clara Barton. The history of the beginnings of the American Red Cross and the long fight before the United States acceded to the treaty of Geneva is of particular interest at this time. Today, the Red Cross is taken for granted. No one questions its ability to relieve the suffering caused by disaster. Its place on the battlefield is also an accepted fact. Clara Barton is portrayed as a wilful, stubborn person—in fact, just the type that was necesary to carry through such a difficult assignment. The book should serve as an inspiration to the young student who would like to save humanity, as well as make excellent reading.

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