Anton-Solanas, Isabel, Hallett, Christine E. and Wakefield, Ann
El diario de Priscilla Scott-Ellis: Enfermera en tiempo de guerra
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Introduction:The use of letters, diaries and other sort of personal documents in historical research is a common andsolidly accepted practice among historians.
Objective: To study the development of nursing in Spain during the Civil War, within the national zone, through the analysis the diary of Priscilla Scott-Ellis, as well as to analyse Priscilla's extraordinary personality within her personal-historical context.
Methodology: A qualitative-descriptive research method was adopted, which facilitated the discovering, selection and classification of historical data, whose interpretation will help to enlighten the history of war nursing during the Spanish Civil War.
Results: The information obtained though the analysis of the diary was classified within two main categories: a) Data related to the study of war nursing during the Spanish Civil War, and b) data concerning the life of Priscilla Scott-Ellis in Spain, both in the front and in the rearguard. In addition, a number of specific subcategories were established in order to assist the process of data codification and interpretation.
Conclusions: The diary of Priscilla Scott-Ellis, edited by Raymond Carr, constitutes a valuable source of information on war nursing in Spain during the Civil War, revealing the exceptional personality of its young author.
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