On The Field Of Mercy: Women Medical Volunteers from the Civil War to the First World War

On The Field Of Mercy: Women Medical Volunteers from the Civil War to the First World War

by Mercedes Graf

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On The Field Of Mercy: Women Medical Volunteers from the Civil War to the First World War by Mercedes Graf

Women have been practicing the healing arts for centuries. And at the same time, they have wanted to play a vital role in wartime—not only on the home front but also on the battlefield with all its risks and horrors. When war beckoned, they longed to become volunteers, not just to utilize their skills, but because they could go forward to the heart of the action, something that was denied them in peacetime. At war's end they returned home and resumed their lives as ordinary women—never sharing their tales of the extraordinary risks they had taken for what they believed in.

In On the Field of Mercy, Mercedes Graf unearths the remarkable stories of the hidden women who worked as pioneer doctors on the Civil War battlefields, in typhoid-ridden camps in the Spanish-American War, and on the home front and overseas in World War I. She tells of the forgotten nurses and nuns who gave comfort to the sick and dying in the Spanish-American War, and of a woman sculptor who helped restore the confidence of mutilated soldiers in World War I. In doing so, she paints captivating portraits of the heroic women who were willing to confront barriers at times when the military and the public were resistant to the idea of women on the battlefield.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781591023272
Publisher: Prometheus Books
Publication date: 08/05/2005
Pages: 335
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Mercedes Graf is a retired professor of psychology from an Illinois state university. She has written numerous articles on women doctors and nurses. She is the author of Quarantine: The Story of Typhoid Mary; A Woman of Honor: The Civil War Years of Dr. Mary E. Walker; and the introduction to Walker's book, Hit. Most recently, she coauthored Women Doctors in War.

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