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Wyndam Bolling Blanton diary, 4 August-19 September 1915

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then walked over to the Pantheon - the beautiful Westminister Abbe of France.We then took a taxi to Eiffel towel [tower] and gazed c wonder up at its 900 & more feet. The we crossed the Seine to the Palais du Trocadéro. Then we walked down to Concord passing Washington's Monument erected by the women of U.S. & representing the father of his country on horseback c his sword in air. We then took a cab to the Italian restaurant were we met Dr Davis for dinner. At night we heard Carmen at the Opera Comique. We took a taxi home about 12 oclock. Aug 16 '15 Probably my last day in "83" The head nurse Miss Ballacelle did dressings with me in honor of the occasion.Bought a number of card to send to U.S. wrote at night and early to bed. Aug 17, '15 Still in 83. Assisted in an operation this morning in which Dr Blake removed two large sequestra from femur. They lay like two cuffs around the ends of the fractured fragments & followed a previous op. To approximate the original ends by a wedge & groove as shown. [illustration of a rectangular shape lying horizontally with a divot cut out of the part to the left.] The result was only more dead bone. Dr. B. says never operate on compound fracture until after all infection is