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Author Toler, Pamela D., author.

Title Heroines of Mercy Street : the real nurses of the Civil War / Pamela D. toler, PhD. ; foreword by Ridley Scott.

Publication Info. New York : Back Bay Books, Little Brown and Company, 2017.


Location Pub Note Copy No. Status
 Galena PL Adult Non-Fiction - GALY-13  973.7082 TOL    AVAILABLE
Description ix, 287 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations, portraits ; 21 cm
text txt rdacontent
unmediated n rdamedia
volume nc rdacarrier
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 263-275) and index.
Contents Dorothea Dix goes to war -- The army is unprepared -- Volunteers -- Nurses on the hospital transport ships -- Arriving at Mansion House Hospital -- Learning by experience -- Becoming indispensable -- Leaving Mansion House Hospital -- Reporting back to duty -- After the war -- Afterword : a different viewpoint.
Summary "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."--Amazon website.
Subject Dix, Dorothea Lynde, 1802-1887.
Olnhausen, Mary Phinney von, 1818-1902.
Reading, Anne, 1823-
Nurses -- United States -- Biography.
HISTORY / United States / Civil War Period (1850-1877)
HISTORY / Women.
United States -- History -- Civil War, 1861-1865 -- Medical care.
Added Author Scott, Ridley, writer of foreword.
ISBN 0316392065 (paperback)
9780316392068 (paperback)

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