[Medical subject] Autograph Letter Signed "Sydney Holland". Viscount Knutsford to "Warner"[ascribed to a "Townsend Warner" in note added to letter in another hand [Harrow schoolmaster?]. Letter about the feeding of patients and nurses' diet.

Sydney Holland, 2nd Viscount Knutsford (1855–1931), barrister, peer, Chairman of the London Hospital House Committee from 1896 to 1931
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[Headed] Kneesworth Hall, Royston, Herts, 11 Dec. 1913.

Two pages, cr. 8vo, fold marks, good condition. "Do not I know that sort of critic. He probably knows nothing about Hospitals. It is so easy to make general statements. "Wasted" indeed. I wonder how one could waste money in feeding these poor people many of whom would be far better if we could feed them up. A short time ago one of our doctors suggested suet & treacle for his patients and got the reply 'we can't afford it'. It is miserable economy to starve patients. And as to nurses it is absolutely essential that their food should be appetizing & varied.

[Printed pamphlet.] Poems from the Diary of a V. A. D. By Carrie Portelly.

Carrie Portelly (1893-1966), V.A.D., of Buckfast, Devon [Voluntary Aid Detachment; field nurse; nursing]
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Printed by Edwin Trim & Co. Ltd. Wimbledon S.W.19. Undated, but individual poems dated between September 1938 and October 1942.

[1] + 38pp., 12mo. Stapled into brown printed wraps, with the title and printer's slug on the cover, which also carries the price of two shillings and sixpence. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper. Introductory note reads: 'These few pages refer to war-time troubles at home and in hospital, and other people's love laments. C.P.' Unpretentious poetry, giving an insight into the work of a V.A.D.

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