This book examines the work that nurses of many differing nations undertook during the Crimean War, the Boer War, the Spanish Civil War, both World Wars and the Korean War.
It makes an excellent and timely contribution to the growing discipline of nursing wartime work. In its exploration of multiple nursing roles during the wars, it considers the responsiveness of nursing work, as crisis scenarios gave rise to improvisation and the - sometimes quite dramatic - breaking of practice boundaries. The originality of the text lies not only in the breadth of wartime practices considered, but also the international scope of both the contributors and the nurses they consider. It will therefore appeal to academics and students in the history of nursing and war, nursing work and the history of medicine and war from across the globe.
Publisher: Manchester University Press
Number of pages: 328
Weight: 408 g
Dimensions: 216 x 138 x 28 mm
Over the past two centuries, nursing care has been central to many wars, including the Crimean, Boer and Korean wars, the Spanish Civil War and both world wars. This beautifully written book explores these conflicts from a nursing perspective. University of Manchester lecturer in nursing Jane Brooks and professor of nursing history Christine Hallett writes in a way that allows readers on all levels, from student to academic, to understand the many extended roles taken on by nurses during the various wars. The authors draw on a rich array of fascinating resources, with touching accounts of how the nursing profession responded and evolved during times of crisis and sheer desperation. This book is easy to follow, informative and interesting for nurses and general readers, actively encouraging the reader to explore further. It is a significant and substantial contribution to the growing collection of wartime nursing reads, and will appeal to those interested in healthcare ethics as well as nursing history. Emma Vincent. The Queen's Nursing Institute -- .