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September 13, 1941

Edith Cavell

JAMA. 1941;117(11):975. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820370071044

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Here is the history of Edith Cavell based on a study of all the newspaper and periodical documents of the time and from a study carried out in England by the author, who went especially for that purpose. She went also to Brussels to learn at first hand the available facts, and she studied also the contributions of Brand Whitlock and Hugh Gibson. The story is well told with sympathy and with admiration. War brings strong alinements. No doubt from the German point of view Edith Cavell through her aid to British soldiers was a serious menace. Nevertheless, such examples of heroism and self sacrifice as hers live far beyond the time when the accomplishments of war heroes are forgotten. This volume by Helen Judson makes the story come alive again as fresh as if it were in today's papers.

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