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From the Publisher"Military women, it has been said, have always been volunteers. In this book, Mercedes Graf shows us that medical women of past eras had to do more than volunteer; they had to actively fight to overcome the entrenched institutional reluctance of military and medical male hierarchies in order to serve. Graf demonstrates the selfless subservience of the women physicians of the Civil and Spanish American Wars, who were forced to work as nurses, and shows us the difficult conditions these women and the nurses themselves, classified as civilians working under contract, endured. Army and Navy nurses served without commissions or rank until after World War I, and women physicians who served during World War I were relegated to civilian contract status. Military medical women, says Graf, frequently served their country to their own detriment, but did it proudly, solely for the sake of their nation."
Judy Bellafaire, Ph.D., Chief Historian
Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Inc.
and author of A Defense Weapon Known to Be of Value:
Servicewomen during the Korean War Era