By Ian Allan
When numerous generations of small boys can have dreamed of changing into engine drivers, and the top-link driving force at the nice named expresses of the age of steam could have been the head of the railways, when it comes to renowned notion, those contributors may possibly merely have gotten there with the help of myriad different trades and after years of progressing during the extra junior grades of footplate employees. From the standard junior porter via to the chairman of the board, the railways hired an unlimited array of alternative trades, all of whom have been crucial in holding the trains working. a few of these jobs, reminiscent of that of the song gangs, are nonetheless a major a part of the upkeep of the fashionable railway, yet many others, resembling blacksmiths, have now disappeared.
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Washing lines along the wall of the dark room were used to dry the sheets. Persons entering the darkroom when we were busy were often shocked at so many rows of sheets of paper, like death announcements, hanging there: the original documents were usually smaller than the photographic paper, so that the copies had solemn black borders. It was a time when the newspapers could at any time have an obituary on the front page concerning one or more persons shot by the German occupation forces for deeds of resistance or just as a hostage - events which the generations born after World War II may have heard of, but which fortunately do not arouse the emotions which we felt at that time.
In doing so he followed the example of Dr J. Mulder, the head of the clinic who was responsible under Professor Polak Daniels when Kolff had received his training in internal medicine in Groningen. Dr Mulder had invested much time and energy in attempts to develop vaccines and antisera against pneumonia - but as soon as sulphonamides came on the market he studied their value and very soon he preferred these above his own sera and vaccines. This meant that he referred his own studies of the preceding years to the archives.
Van Dijk (the engineer from the Kampen Enamel Works) and J. 2 Secondly, Kolff used the experience to build a second, larger, kidney which will be dealt with more fully in the following chapter. Thirdly, he used this experience to make this new type of treatment better known at clinical meetings. In this way he could build up experience with the treatment of another 14 patients between May 1943 and the end of August 1944: three of them were treated in the Municipal Hospital of The Hague and two in Amsterdam (they are also described in the following chapter).
All In A Day's Work by Ian Allan