In correspondence and various other memorabelia there is mention of the desire to have Miss Gracie's recipes and in particular her sponge cake. Miss Livingston's sister Gracie was the dietician at MGH, taught the students and it seems had a talent for baking. Index cards with her recipe for sponge cake is in the Archives.

Miss Gracie Livingston's Sponge cake

1 1/2 cups sugar -- 1 1/2 cups flour -- 3 large or 4 medium eggs -- 1/2 cup cold water -- 3 tsp baking powder -- flavouring to taste

Sift together flour and baking powder x 3 -- Beat egg yolks in large bowl till foaming -- Beat in sugar and water in alternate amounts

Beat in vanilla -- Fold in sifted flour and baking powder -- Fold in stiffly beated egg whites and 1/4 tsp cream of tartar, 1/2 tsp salt and 3 tbsp cold water. (Use egg whisk or slotted spoon) Bake in large ungreased tube pan at 325 for 1 hour.

For squares bake in large flat pan and use Lemon filling and Portsmouth icing

Portsmouth Icing: 6 tbsp cream -- 2 tbsp melted butter -- rind-juice 1 orange -- 1 tbsp lemon juice -- icing sugar

Lemon filling: 1 cup sugar -- 1 tbsp flour -- 1 egg --2 tsp butter -- 1/4 cup lemon juice -- 1 lemon (grated rind). Mix dry ingredients in top of double boiler, add lemon juice, then eggs slightly beaten.

Good Luck! Success stories would be welcome.


On May 29, 1914 the nursing students in the Class of 1916 were faced with the following examination. Only four questions had to be answered. How would you do?

  1. What are the signs of overdosage of the following?:-Strychnine, Digitalis, Opium, Mercury.

  2. Define the following terms and give one example of each:- Mydriatic, Diaphoretic, Rubefacient, Emetic and Antiseptic.

  3. Describe the symptoms of poisoning of any three of the following and the treatment in each case:- Carbolic Acid, Strychnine, Caustic Potash, Opium and Belladonna.

  4. Name the usual dose of two purgatives, two respiratory stimulants, two anodynes and two diuretics.

  5. Give the chief action of the following drugs and the dose:- Sodium bicarbonate, Aspirin, Calomel, Caffeine and Chloral hydrate.

From the notes of Betty Scarlett, Class of 1916, Alumnae Archives

Recipe for Making a Good Nurse

Mix together equal parts of pluck, good health, and well balanced sympathy; stiffen with energy and soften with the milk of human kindness; use a first class training school as a mixer; add the sweetness of a smile, a little ginger, and generous amounts of tact, humour and unselfishness, with plenty of patience. Pour into the mould of womanhood, tune with enthusiam; finish with a cap; and garnish with ambition. The sauce of experience is always an improvement to this recipe.

-Buffalo General. (Reprinted in the Montreal General Hospital 1925 Yearbook)

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