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No man's land : the trailblazing women who ran Britain's most extraordinary military hospital during World War I / Wendy Moore.

Moore, Wendy, 1952- (author.).

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Bethlehem Main Library 940.476 (Text) 33062009313488 New Adult Non-Fiction Available -

Record details

  • ISBN: 9781541672727
  • ISBN: 1541672720
  • Physical Description: 353 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 25 cm
  • Edition: First US edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Basic Books, 2020.

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Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Arrivals -- A good feeling -- A sort of holiday -- Sunshine and sweetness -- Good God! Women! -- The laughing cure theory -- Almost manless -- Pioneers, o pioneers! -- The march of the women -- Darkest before dawn -- Full of ghosts -- The soft long sleep.
Summary, etc.:
"In September 1914, a month after the outbreak of the First World War, two British doctors, Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson, set out for Paris. There, they built a makeshift hospital in Claridge's, the luxury hotel, and treated hundreds of casualties carted in from France's battlefields. Until this war called men to the front, female doctors had been restricted to treating only women and children. But even skeptical army officials who visited Flora and Louisa's Paris hospital sent back glowing reports of their practice. Their wartime hospital was at the cutting edge of medical care -- they were the first to use new antiseptic and the first to use x-ray technology to locate bullets and shrapnel. In No Man's Land, Wendy Moore illuminates this turbulent moment when women were, for the first time, allowed to operate on men. Even as medical schools still denied them entry, Suffragettes across the country put down their bricks to volunteer, determined to prove the value of female doctors. Within months, Flora and Louisa were invited by the British Army to set up two more hospitals-the first in northern France and the second a major military hospital in the heart of London. Nicknamed the "Suffragettes' Hospital," Endell Street became renowned as "the best hospital in London," thanks to its pioneering treatments and reputation for patriotism. It was also one of the liveliest, featuring concerts, tea parties, pantomimes, and picnics, in addition to surgeries. Moreover, Flora and Louisa were partners in life as well as in work. While they struggled to navigate the glass ceiling of early twentieth-century medical care, they also grappled with the stresses and joys of their own relationship. But although Flora, Louisa, and Endell Street effectively proved that women doctors could do the work of men, when the war was over, doors that had been opened were slammed shut. Women found themselves once more relegated to treating only women and children, and often in the poorest neighborhoods. It was not until World War II that women were again permitted to treat men. Drawing from letters, memoirs, diaries, army service records, and interviews, Moore brings these remarkable women and their patients to life and reclaims this important, spirited history. At a time when women are campaigning as hard as ever for equality, the fortitude and brilliance of Flora and Louisa serve as powerful reminders of what women can achieve against all odds."-- Provided by publisher.
"The inspiring story of two pioneering suffragette doctors who ran the only military hospital staffed entirely by women during World War I-and who transformed medicine in the process. A month after war broke out in 1914, doctors Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson set out for Paris, where they opened a hospital in a luxury hotel and treated hundreds of casualties plucked from France's battlefields. Although, prior to the war, female doctors were restricted to treating women and children, Flora and Louisa's work was so successful that the British Army asked them to set up a hospital in the heart of London. Nicknamed the Suffragettes' Hospital, Endell Street soon became known for its lifesaving treatments and lively atmosphere. In No Man's Land, Wendy Moore illuminates this turbulent moment when women were, for the first time, allowed to operate on men. Their fortitude and brilliance serve as powerful reminders of what women can achieve against all odds."-- Provided by publisher.
Subject: Murray, Flora.
Anderson, Louisa Garrett, 1873-1943.
Women's Hospital Corps > History.
Endell Street Military Hospital > History.
World War, 1914-1918 > Hospitals > Great Britain.
World War, 1914-1918 > Medical care > Women.
Women in medicine > Great Britain > History > 20th century.
Women surgeons > Great Britain > Biography.
Suffragists > England > Biography.
Covent Garden (London, England) > History > 20th century.

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