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The Henry Swan Papers

Letter from Henry Swan to his first wife, Mary Fletcher pdf (680,381 Bytes) transcript of pdf
Letter from Henry Swan to his first wife, Mary Fletcher
Intending to have them published, Swan's wife had his letters transcribed as he sent them.
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1944-09-01 (September 1, 1944)
[Swan, Henry]
[Swan, Mary Fletcher]
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Medical Subject Headings (MeSH):
World War II
Exhibit Category:
Medical Training, Wartime Surgical Experiences, and Early Career, 1935-1949
Box Number: 1
Folder Number: 51
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Document Type:
Letters (correspondence)
Physical Condition:
Series: Correspondence, 1944-1996
Folder: World War II. Letters at home, by Henry Swan II, 1944-1945
Sept. 1, 1944
It's been several days since I've written. We've been dreadfully busy, and I have been very tired. When we first came over, the long hours of work & running about, and exertion seemed to roll off our shoulders, and a few hours sleep put vim and vigour back into us. Gradually, as time has gone by, in spite of rest periods now and then, we find after a couple of long sessions, we don't snap back so well. Can it be age creeping on? There must be a cumulative effect to fatigue which even intermittent periods of relaxation and gaiety cannot erase. We are looking forward to the expectation of another few days lull in our activity while we nurse our post-ops through their fight for recovery. This is a tracing of a shell fragment I took out the chest and lung of one of our boys. Nice little hunk of steel, isn't it?
It's edges are razor sharp. He is fighting infection now, having survived his shock and his respiratory distress from the hemothorax associated with the injury. The other day was fun - we had a case of acute appendicitis. Such a neat little procedure. We felt like sending him back to duty after such a minor operation! But right after that we sutured two holes in the stomach, resected the transverse colon, did a resection of small bowel with end-to-end anastomosis, removed the left kidney transperitoneally, and delrided the back wounds - all in one patient. So it goes.
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