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Sister Soldiers of the Great War: The Nurses of the Canadian Army Medical Corps

Sister Soldiers of the Great War: The Nurses of the Canadian Army Medical Corps Book Reviews 245 Sister Soldiers of the Great War: The Nurses of the Canadian Army Medical Corps By Cynthia Toman (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2016) (297 pages; $95.00 hardcover) Through the meticulous research that is her trademark, Cynthia Toman has produced an elegant book detailing the experiences of Canadian nursing sis - ters in the First World War. The book follows the enlisting, work, and presence of the sisters as they created a space for women in war zones far from their Canadian homes. The sisters themselves are center stage, “characters” who enter the war and move between the personal and professional challenges of medical and surgical nursing in embattled conditions, unchaperoned along - side men from whom they would only recently have been protected. Chapter 1 provides an overview of the Canadian Army Medical Service from Canada’s entry into the conflict in the autumn of 1914, until their “war to salvage” (p. 11) the wounded eventually ended. Toman offers a clear vision of the nursing sisters’ contradictory place in the army. They were honored with officer status before their counterparts of other allied countries, yet they remained “other,” known as “Sister” and always subordinate to the medical officers. Chapter http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Sister Soldiers of the Great War: The Nurses of the Canadian Army Medical Corps

Nursing History Review , Volume 26 (1): 3 – Jan 1, 2018

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.26.1.245
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Book Reviews 245 Sister Soldiers of the Great War: The Nurses of the Canadian Army Medical Corps By Cynthia Toman (Vancouver: UBC Press, 2016) (297 pages; $95.00 hardcover) Through the meticulous research that is her trademark, Cynthia Toman has produced an elegant book detailing the experiences of Canadian nursing sis - ters in the First World War. The book follows the enlisting, work, and presence of the sisters as they created a space for women in war zones far from their Canadian homes. The sisters themselves are center stage, “characters” who enter the war and move between the personal and professional challenges of medical and surgical nursing in embattled conditions, unchaperoned along - side men from whom they would only recently have been protected. Chapter 1 provides an overview of the Canadian Army Medical Service from Canada’s entry into the conflict in the autumn of 1914, until their “war to salvage” (p. 11) the wounded eventually ended. Toman offers a clear vision of the nursing sisters’ contradictory place in the army. They were honored with officer status before their counterparts of other allied countries, yet they remained “other,” known as “Sister” and always subordinate to the medical officers. Chapter

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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