“This Ghastly War”

The Diary and Letters of a Woman Doctor in the American Ambulance Hospital in France, 1914–1915


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About the Book

During World War I, Dr. Mary M. Crawford spent nearly a year volunteering at the American Ambulance Hospital in France. Among the first American physicians to join the Allied war effort in 1914, she was the only woman doctor on the hospital staff.
Her diary and letters, presented here with historical context, narrate day-to-day life in a hospital on the Western Front, with clinical descriptions of the human toll at the battles of Ypres and Champagne. Torn between devotion to family and her commitment to the war effort, Crawford reveals her dedication to her patients, many of whom were French colonial soldiers.

About the Author(s)

Mary E. Osborne is the director of The Stewart House Museum in Monmouth, Illinois.

Bibliographic Details

Mary M. Crawford, M.D.
Edited by Mary E. Osborne

Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 265
Bibliographic Info: 9 photos, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2023
pISBN: 978-1-4766-9300-2
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5092-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments  v
Preface  1
Introduction  5
Chapter One. August–September 1914 23
Chapter Two. October–December 1914 31
Chapter Three. January–March 1915 117
Chapter Four. April–June 1915 171
Chapter Five. July–September 1915 200
Conclusion  233
Chapter Notes  237
Bibliography  251
Index  255