A look at the lives of the real nurses depicted in the PBS show Mercy Street and their Civil War struggles. Heroines of Mercy Street tells the true stories of the nurses at the Mansion House of Alexandria, Virginia, a mansion turned war-time hospital and setting for the new PBS drama Mercy Street. Among the Union soldiers, doctors, wounded men from both sides, freed slaves, politicians, speculators, and spies who passed through the hospital in the crossroads of the Civil War, were nurses who gave their time freely and willingly to save lives and aid the wounded. These women saw casualties on a scale Americans had never seen before, and medicine was at a turning point. Heroines of Mercy Street follows the lives of women like Dorothea Dix, Mary Phinney, Anne Reading, and more before, during, and after their epic struggle in Alexandria and reveals their personal contributions to this astounding period in the advancement of medicine.
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by Harriet Lerner, Ph.D.
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by T. Davis Bunn, Isabella Bunn
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"Nursing in the United States at the time of the Civil War was not a widely recognized profession, particularly for women, but women felt called to serve in hospitals and on the battlefield. Suzanne Toren gives a straightforward narration of this story, now the subject of a miniseries on PBS, which focuses on the nurses, and other people, associated with a Civil War hospital in Virginia. Toren uses tone and pace adeptly to separate expository passages and narrative from the many excerpts from letters, diaries, and other accounts. Her admiration for these women helps to make this an easily accessible history of medicine and the status of women at this time, as well as the war itself. J.E.M. © AudioFile 2016, Portland, Maine"
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