The Flatus Nurse.

You think that student nurses and new-grads get all the tough jobs these days?
Well what about this*…..

Military hospital, France 1945: the flatus nurse does her rounds.

At precisely 7 AM each morning the flatus nurse would commence her round.
Patients would assume the Schlemberg’s position and one by one, amidst much grunting and proclaiming, produce their best gaseous emission.
The junior nurse on duty would then be required to assess each patients vaporous deliveries for both pungency and aromatic fortitude. Both of these qualities were duly documented and tabulated in the Somes Ventus Pungency Ustulo, a large leather-bound book, kept on the Matrons desk in a small adjoining office.
Accidental production of a solid would result in swift reprimand from the Matron or Doctor in on duty as bowel motions were not to be considered until the 4 PM round.
Smoking, of course, was strictly forbidden at this time.
:: Diary entry. Nurse Joan Miller 1945 ::



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* Of course, the above quote is a complete pile of flatus. The ACTUAL information accompanying this photo isSoldiers suffering from trench foot exercise at a base hospital in France under the supervision of Capt. Edward Bendittz, Worcester, Mass and 1st Lt. Muriel Woolhouse, St. Paul, MN, 03/03/1945.

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