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The author studied medicine between 1920 and 1926 after serving as a nurse in the first world war. Most of her novels have a medical background. This novel tells the story of a nonprofit voluntary hospital in England, of a few days in the life of the institution when a new class of nurses begins, when the board of the hospital is concerned with its future, when the members of the resident staff are competing for an appointment in surgery. A young woman doctor who is a surgeon and a somewhat morose pathologist with a duodenal ulcer are the heroine and the hero of the book. A somewhat careless young surgeon who misses a diagnosis of brain abscess helps to make the medical aspects interesting. Miss Ashton writes professionally and is exceedingly skilful in organizing her story. It serves, as does many another British novel, to picture certain aspects of
Yeoman's Hospital. JAMA. 1945;128(9):695–696. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860260069038
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