Hospital Sketches

Louisa May Alcott


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Title: Hospital Sketches

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HOSPITAL SKETCHES By LOUISA MAY ALCOTT

THESE SKETCHES ARE RESPECTUFLLY DEDICATED TO HER FRIEND MISS HANNAH STEVENSON BY L.M.A.

CONTENTS I. Obtaining Supplies II. A Forward Movement III. A Day IV. A Night V. Off Duty VI. A Postscript