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A JAPANESE RED CROSS HOSPITAL

An English nurse in Tokio (says tho Brisbane Courier), writing to The Hospital Nursing Section, Bays:— The hospital, which is built on the pavilion system, has accommodation for about 1300 patients, but at the time of my visit with another nurse only about 1500 were being nursed within its walls. The officers are nursed in the older building, and have small single rooms, containing a- bed of the Lawsoo Tait pattern, a small table, and a few other necessaries. The ordinary Tommies are nursed in wards cpnstrupted since the outbreak pf hostilities, raised wooden buildings with iron roofo, boarded floors, ana bare wooden walls. The ventilation seemed gpodj plenty of sliding windows and ventilators worked by pulleys, all of ground glass,. Many of the waids contain thirty-eight beds, ar-« ranged in double rows, not much space between, and certainly not arranged for bulky people. The be.ds aie all wooden, sort of oblong narrow boxes, raised about Bin from the floor, with bamboo mattresses, small hard bolsters (suggestive of knapsacks), and tho usual Japanese pitons (padded quilts), covered with unbleached cotton material. A few of the beds had bright scarlet blankets, but our guide said that these were chiefly reserved for the cold season, A narrow board, fixed to the head of each bed, served as a table for medicine, bottles, teacups, pipes, tobacco, books, etc., and of course the inevitable fan. Some of the patients had small photographs and pictures fastened to the walls, while others had scraps of heather or a few wild floweis in bmall bottles, and a number sported small gloss bowls of gold-fish. The surgical patients, many of whom were hopping round on crutches, looked particularly bright and happy. Several of them were suffering from the effects of frostbite, one having had all his toes amputated, and auothcr ahand. They all wear white kimonos with a small red cross on the sleeve, those well enough to go outside tho ivarda being provided with round white, caps, also adorned with a red cross. A large pro portion of the medical patientg wdro undergoing treatment for beri bsri, or kakke, as the Japanese call it. Massage is given extensively for these cases, also gulvunism. There were a few cases of malaria, also a sprinkling of pneumonia, and a very small propoition of enterics. Outside each ward is a large black slab, giving details of the patients' diseases, also stating whether they are able to walk or require to be carriedt Small wooden tags with patients' name, regiment, etc., are hung outside the ward dpors, a corresponding tag being fastened to each bed. The critical cases are nursed in small twobedded wards, furnished as simply as the larger ones, only that the btds are provided with green mosquito nets. We saw several men with beriberi ,of the seVere type, but were told that these men were improving under treatment. One man had been operated on, for cancer of the stomach, another had trau» matic pleurisy — the result of a bullet wound— another had partial paralysis, caused by a bullet wound in the spine. We saw a casa of meningitis, also an advanced tuberculdsjs. Enterics were very much in the minority. Dressings were being done in a sort of surgery, those patients unable to walk being carried across on stretchers. There was a large centre table covered with brown American cloth, on which stood various instrument? sterilisers all bubbling away vigorously, large glasfc jars of corrosive sublimate, lysol, and alcohol, also jais of gauze, cases of wool, etc. The instruments in use were lying in antiseptic solution, in covered metal trays. The dressers wear white overalls, and appear to work with bare arms. Dressing mackintoshes ftre conspicuous by their absence, sheets of oiled paper being used instead. One poor fellow, with six buiet wounds in the upper arm, was sitting like a statue, while the # dresser probed vigorously. It must have been excruciatingly painful, for the man looked ghastly, and the perspiration streamed off, his face, but he made no sound — Japanese pluck.

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A JAPANESE RED CROSS HOSPITAL, Evening Post, Volume LXX, Issue 91, 14 October 1905

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A JAPANESE RED CROSS HOSPITAL Evening Post, Volume LXX, Issue 91, 14 October 1905

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