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Beyond Nightingale: Nursing on the Crimean War Battlefields, by Carol Helmstadter

Beyond Nightingale: Nursing on the Crimean War Battlefields, by Carol Helmstadter Beyond Nightingale: Nursing on the Crimean War Battlefields By Carol Helmstadter (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020) (335 pages; £85 hardcover; £25 paperback) Beyond Nightingale is an exciting, comparative investigation into nursing s -er vices in the British, Russian, Piedmont-Sardinian, French, and Ottoman (Turkish) forces during the Crimean War. With this book, Helmstadter fills a significant historiographical void. The Crimean War has been the starting point for many studies of Florence Nightingale, but there has not been a wholesale examination of why so many changes in nursing emerged from the Crimean battlefields. In her introduction, Helmstadter writes that the aim of the book was “to show why and how military affairs, cultural assumptions, and the political and economic structure of each of the five countries involved shaped the beginning of female military nursing and, in the English-speaking world, female nursing in general” (5). In these aims Beyond Nightingale suc- ceeds, offering an integrated transnational study of nursing in the 1850s and how these changes continued to shape national nursing practices. Organizationally, Beyond Nightingale is divided into three parts: govern- ment-imposed nursing, religious nursing, and doctor-directed nursing. These sections allow Helmstadter to consider the development of nursing systems across the five http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Beyond Nightingale: Nursing on the Crimean War Battlefields, by Carol Helmstadter

Nursing History Review , Volume 30 (1): 3 – Jan 28, 2022

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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Beyond Nightingale: Nursing on the Crimean War Battlefields By Carol Helmstadter (Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2020) (335 pages; £85 hardcover; £25 paperback) Beyond Nightingale is an exciting, comparative investigation into nursing s -er vices in the British, Russian, Piedmont-Sardinian, French, and Ottoman (Turkish) forces during the Crimean War. With this book, Helmstadter fills a significant historiographical void. The Crimean War has been the starting point for many studies of Florence Nightingale, but there has not been a wholesale examination of why so many changes in nursing emerged from the Crimean battlefields. In her introduction, Helmstadter writes that the aim of the book was “to show why and how military affairs, cultural assumptions, and the political and economic structure of each of the five countries involved shaped the beginning of female military nursing and, in the English-speaking world, female nursing in general” (5). In these aims Beyond Nightingale suc- ceeds, offering an integrated transnational study of nursing in the 1850s and how these changes continued to shape national nursing practices. Organizationally, Beyond Nightingale is divided into three parts: govern- ment-imposed nursing, religious nursing, and doctor-directed nursing. These sections allow Helmstadter to consider the development of nursing systems across the five

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Published: Jan 28, 2022

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