Sister Soldiers of the Great War: The Nurses of the Canadian Army Medical Corps by Cynthia TomanSister Soldiers of the Great War: The Nurses of the Canadian Army Medical Corps by Cynthia Toman

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

byCynthia Toman

Paperback | October 1, 2016

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“I am on night duty ... on what is supposed to be the ‘hopeless ward’ so you can imagine, or try to, just what I am doing. I know you cannot really have the faintest idea ...”

In Sister Soldiers of the Great War, award-winning author Cynthia Toman recovers the long-lost history of Canada’s first women soldiers – nursing sisters who enlisted as officers with the Canadian Army Medical Corps.

These experienced nurses were motivated by patriotism, a sense of adventure, and personal and professional goals. They left their communities, families, and jobs to enlist in the Canadian Army, where they received relative rank and equal pay to men. Their official mandate was to salvage as many sick and wounded men as possible for return to the front lines. Nothing prepared them for poor living conditions, the scale of casualties, or the type of wounds they encountered, but their letters and diaries reveal that they were determined to soldier on under all circumstances while still “living as well as possible.”

The first book to look at the collective and individual experiences of Canada’s nursing sisters, Sister Soldiers of the Great War reveals how these resilient women negotiated their role as sisters and soldiers in a man’s world.

During her tenure at the University of Ottawa, Cynthia Toman taught in the School of Nursing with a cross-appointment to the Department of History, where she served as director of the Nursing History Research Unit. Her awards include the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012), the Governor General’s Gold Medal (2003), the Amer...
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Title:Sister Soldiers of the Great War: The Nurses of the Canadian Army Medical CorpsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:October 1, 2016Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0774832142

ISBN - 13:9780774832144

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Table of Contents

Introduction

1 The Great Machine of Healing

2 The Cast of Characters

3 Soldiering On under All Conditions

4 Soldiering On with Medical and Surgical Work

5 Social Sisters: “Living as Well as Possible”

6 Contemplating the Costs of War

Epilogue

Appendices

Notes; Bibliography; Index

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In Sister Soldiers of the Great War, award-winning author Cynthia Toman recovers the long-lost history of Canada’s first women soldiers – nursing sisters who enlisted as officers with the Canadian Army Medical Corps. The nursing sisters had a mandate to salvage as many sick and wounded men as possible for return to the front lines. Nothing prepared them, however, for the poor living conditions, the scale of the casualties, or the type of wounds they encountered. But their letters and diaries reveal that they were determined to soldier on under all circumstances while still “living as well as possible.”Sister Soldiers is a moving narrative of the gritty, grueling, sometimes inspiring, and often devastating realities that war entailed for Canada’s military nurses. - Kathryn McPherson, author of Bedside Matters: The Transformation of Canadian Nursing, 1900-1990