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

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

by Pamela D. Toler

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478910510
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 02/16/2016
Edition description: Unabridged
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 5.80(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

Pamela D. Toler is a writer with a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and a fascination with historical figures who step outside the constraints of their time. She is the author of Mankind: The Story of All of Us and The Everything Guide to Socialism. She lives in Chicago.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Introduction 1

Chapter 1 Dorothea Dix Goes to War 9

Chapter 2 The Army Is Unprepared 33

Chapter 3 Volunteers 51

Chapter 4 Nurses on the Hospital Transport Ships 73

Chapter 5 Arriving at Mansion House Hospital 99

Chapter 6 Learning by Experience 121

Chapter 7 Becoming Indispensable 143

Chapter 8 Leaving Mansion House Hospital 175

Chapter 9 Reporting Back to Duty 197

Chapter 10 After the War 221

Afterword: A Different Viewpoint 245

Acknowledgments 255

Appendix A 257

Appendix B 259

Notes 263

Suggestions for Further Reading 275

Index 277

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Heroines of Mercy Street: The Real Nurses of the Civil War 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
gaele More than 1 year ago
AudioBook Review: Stars: Overall: 5 Narration: 5 Story: 5 Don’t think that you will find the clearly navigable bones of the television show here – some of the characters do share name and backstories, but the reality of these actual lives, painstakingly and thoroughly researched and presented by Pamela D. Toler, PhD, is gripping and intriguing. Remember that during the American Civil War, nursing (even medicine in the modern sense) was in its infancy. The first woman of renown to challenge that belief was Florence Nightengale, and her work in Crimea and London that first brought the profession forward, are depicted through letters, journals and diaries as well as books brings a whole new light on the first notable moments of nurses in America. Stories from Mary Phinney von Olnhausen, Dorothea Dix, as well as Louisa May Alcott, Clara Barton, the Woolsey sisters and others, as well as accounts from stewards, surgeons, officers, politicians and others all help to show both the social and physical trials that these women faced, even as they are keeping pace with advancements (and the often brutal methods) of ‘current’ medical treatment. Research for this story is effectively presented: this isn’t a dry read, in fact, the narration by Suzanne Toren helps to provide a sense of life to these women, known and unknown, that puts the letters into a frame that is accessible to all readers, not just those interested in history or the facts. I’ve actually given copies of this title to friends who are nurses, and can wholeheartedly suggest this for readers with or without an interest in history or the US Civil War. If you are a fan of the PBS Series, or are interested in learning more about the women who made history – this is the title for you. I received an audiobook copy of the title from Hachette Audio for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.