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Heroines of Mercy Street: The Real Nurses of the Civil War

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The true stories of the real nurses on the PBS show Mercy Street

The nurses of the Civil War ushered in a new era for medicine in the midst of tremendous hardship. While the country was at war, these women not only learned to advocate and care for patients in hostile settings, saved countless lives, and changed the profession forever, they regularly fell ill with no one to nurse them in return, seethed in anger at the indifference and inefficiency that left wounded men on the battlefield without care, and all too often mourned for those they could not rescue.

Heroines of Mercy Street tells the true stories of the nurses at Mansion House, the Alexandria, Virginia, hotel turned wartime hospital and setting for the PBS show Mercy Street. Women like Dorothea Dix, Mary Phinney, Anne Reading, and more rushed to be of service to their country during the war, meeting challenges that would discourage less determined souls every step of the way. They saw casualties on a scale Americans had never seen before; diseases like typhoid and dysentery were rampant; and working conditions-both physically and emotionally–were abysmal.

Drawing on the diaries, letters, and books written by these nursing pioneers, Pamela D. Toler, PhD, has written a fascinating portrait of true heroines, shining a light on their personal contributions during one of our country’s most turbulent periods.

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Author

Pamela D. Toler PhD

Binding

Paperback

Creator

Ridley Scott, Foreword

EAN

9780316392068

EANList

9780316392068

Edition

Mti

ISBN

0316392065

ItemDimensions

825, hundredths-inches, 550, hundredths-inches, 0, hundredths-pounds, 75, hundredths-inches

Label

Back Bay Books

Languages

English, Published, English, Original Language, English, Unknown

Manufacturer

Back Bay Books

NumberOfPages

304

PackageDimensions

102, hundredths-inches, 827, hundredths-inches, 57, hundredths-pounds, 559, hundredths-inches

PackageQuantity

1

ProductGroup

Book

ProductTypeName

ABIS_BOOK

PublicationDate

2017-01-10

Publisher

Back Bay Books

ReleaseDate

2017-01-10

Studio

Back Bay Books

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