Hospital Sketches Book Summary and Study Guide

Detailed plot synopsis reviews of Hospital Sketches

This book is a fictionalized account of the author's experiences nursing during the Civil War. Tribulation Periwinkle, looking for something to do, follow the suggestion of her brother, Tom, and decided to become a nurse for the Union Army. However, her difficulties begin before she even gets to the hospital. She describes the inconveniences of travel on her way to Washington, D.C. Once Nurse Periwinkle arrives at the Hurly-Burly Hotel, a temporary hospital, she has to learn how to nurse.
Click here to see the rest of this review

As a modest Boston lady, she is embarrassed at her first assignment of cleaning the men. However, she soon becaomes used to such duties and it promoted to head nurse of the night shift. She describes the men, the processes of nursing, and the occurances at the hospital with great detail, humor, and tenderness. Nurse Periwinkle is forced to leave when she becomes ill and her father comes to bring her home. In the last chapter, she answers questions people had about nursing during the Civil War.
The review of this Book prepared by Heather Williams

Chapter Analysis of Hospital Sketches

Click on a plot link to find similar books!

Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   humorous Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Life of a profession:    -   doctor Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Job/Profession/Status story    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Female Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   9 () United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more descript than dialog

Books with storylines, themes & endings like Hospital Sketches

Louisa May Alcott Books Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
2 Ways to Search!

Our Chief Librarian