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Books Unbound – ‘Hospital Sketches’ by Louisa May Alcott, Part One

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Beloved as the author of Little Women, Louisa May Alcott drew on her service as a Union nurse during the Civil War for her first major literary success. Published in 1863, Hospital Sketches is a fictionalized memoir of her experiences, cut short when she was stricken by typhoid fever. Her health was permanently damaged by the mercury compound used at the time as treatment, but what she learned from wounded sold