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A look at the lives of the real nurses depicted in the PBS show Mercy Street.

Heroines of Mercy Street tells the true stories of the nurses at Mansion House, the Alexandria, Virginia, mansion turned wartime 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.

©2016 Pamela D. Toler, PhD (P)2016 Hachette Audio

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More of a history lesson.....

Don't buy this book if you are interested in a recounting of the PBS series.... It's not. Instead it's a carefully written history of nursing in the Civil War. I kept waiting for the story to start! But as a nurse and somewhat of a nursing history buff, I really enjoyed the book (dry in parts...) and was fascinated at the state of the art in the 1860's. The book recounts the inbred tension between schools of nursing (Dix vs Nightengale, for example), and truly lays a foundation for art of the nursing we know today. Lots of familiar names for me.... Clara Barton and others. The narrator was fair, some mispronunciations (Scutari, for example), but overall easy to listen to. I honor the women who have walked before me in this profession.

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really enjoyed this book

great book, very informative, puts the history of the civil war in another context we don't usually hear about. too bad wasn't more about the southern medical efforts, nurses, doctors, hospitals, tended to make it sound as the northern people were heroes and southerners were monsters, but most bios were written by northerners so I suppose that's why it's slanted in that direction.

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nursing history/northern view

As a registered nurse, I especially appreciated this book. Also the PBS series is now more meaningful to me.

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