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August 18, 1945

G. I. Nightingale: The Story of an American Army Nurse

JAMA. 1945;128(16):1193. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860330061030

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Captain Archard's story is a story of a typical American girl and her companions, all army nurses. She takes us with her from an American home through a year's "training for defense," through the shock of Pearl Harbor. With her we embark for "overseas." We experience the tedium of waiting, the excitement of unknown perils which lie ahead. We "shake down" our organization—we embark for unknown destinations and finally wade ashore in an amphibious landing. With her we experience the fear, the thrill, the excitement of battle and exult in the justified pride of our task well done. With her and her unit we advance and retreat and advance with the tide of battle. We experience the thrill of a life saved by skill, of comfort and surcease from pain through the work of our hands. In her story we see what a well organized team of doctors, nurses and

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