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Page 11 text:
DEDICATION BY MRS. SWANK TO SENIOR CLASS
Most of us are aware, by now, that there is something going on in the
World-that there is something moving in the world-that we are not living
in the gay nineties-in that period of peace and tranquility which is often
described as a "dream wor1d." During that period the world was comparatively
free from national anxiety, and if from that, then indeed from international
collapse. In such a day, the person with humanitarian interests, whether a
doctor, a nurse, or a social worker, went' out to fight disease. Today he must
fight not only disease, but man. Today he battles not the natural enemies of
man, but the "mind of man himself."
Indeed, we are aware that this is a momentous era in history, as H. G.
Wells says: "We are living in the end of a different period of history." This
is obvious, for in the exact words of those who attack modern civilization:
"I shall eradicate the thousands of years of human domesticationf' It is
almost impossible to comprehend such Words. But if those, what of these?
"I want to see again in the eyes of youth the gleam of the beast of prey. A
youth will grow up before which the world will shrink. This is the disease
which every humanitarian minded person meets. It is far worse than the
diseases of the body which at least are subject to scientific analysis, and
which, for the most part, are under the control of man. What a satisfaction
it is to know that a test-tube in the scientific laboratory behaves according to
a pattern-that it responds willingly to the investigating hand of man! But
a disease of mind, wherein a sane man pursues an insane idea, namely,
the eradication of the thousands of years of human domestication,-such a
disease defies the rules of the game. '
It is into such a World that nurses and those interested in humanitarian
ends, must go, not into an optimistic world, with a kindly vision which promises
ease and freedom, not into a world where justice and individual happiness
is the goal, and where the enrichment of culture is sought, for these are held
in bitterness and contempt by those who move in the pattern of a black and
bloodstained pessimism. An optimism and humanitarian social creed is con-
sidered as a general weakness of mind. Hence, that which was once the
code and ethic of the great human professions, is now looked upon in cold
derision and scorn.
A terrific task, then rests upon those who enter these professions, if they
are to maintain a respect for the standards which have come to be regarded
by civilization as worthwhile. They must go with a dominant committment to
the democratic rights of many they must go with a dynamic belief in the human
gains of an enlightened civilization. There is no room for that innocuous con-
ception which has pervaded the democracies in recent years. We cannot save
our democracy by sitting in a stupor. We cannot preserve our cherished rights
by irresoluteness of mind, by anemic and flaccid walls. Neither can we save
the freedom and liberty which have been our heritage, by dwaddling about
in faltering accents. "The brave man chooses while the coward stands aside,"
wrote Lowell. Is it not also true, as Theodore Roosevelt asserted, that "free
peoples can escape being mastered by others only by being able to master
The medical profession faces this tremendous challenge-a challenge
to be dominant in its belief that human rights are sacred, for that is the base
of the profession itself. Again, it must have a strong committment to its
"ministry of healing," for it is this the philosophy of human consideration-
which is challenged today.
LEOTA C. SWANK, R. N.
Director ot Nurses
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To Mrs. Leota C. Swank, Director of Nurses of
the Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital, in sincere
appreciation for her untiring efforfs and faithful
guidance for the betterment of our profession, We
the Senior Class of 1941 respectfully dedicate our
initial edition oi the "Pink Cross."
Page 12 text:
C V M H
TO OUR DIRECTOR
L-oyal to the nursing profession,
E-ager her best to do,
O-nly striving to make each task
T-he easier for you-
A-capable Director of Nurses.
C-onsidering all your troubles,
U-nderstanding every test,
R-ealizing the effort you make
R-eally is your best-
Y-our friend, our Director of Nurses.
S-incere and fair is she,
W-anting each girl to succeed,
A-lways a splendid example, that
N-urses of C. V. M. H. will heed-
K-indest regards to Leota Curry Swank.
UPink Cross" is a symbol of the Conemaugh Valley Memorial Hospital.
It was designed by Mrs. Iessis Green Stone-a graduate of C. V. M. H. in
1898. It was suggested by a senior student that We name our book for the
institution's symbol. Thus "Pink Cross" becomes known also as the yearbook
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