Heroines of Mercy Street by Pamela D. Toler audiobook

Heroines of Mercy Street: The Real Nurses of the Civil War

By Pamela D. Toler, PhD
Read by Suzanne Toren

Little, Brown & Company 9780316392075
8.40 Hours Unabridged
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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 war-time 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.

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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 war-time 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.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Accessible and well researched... Successfully illustrates the beginnings of nursing as a designated field of medical practice. Rebecca Hill, Library Journal
“The author chronicles the lives of figures such as Georgeanna Woolsey, Hannah Ropes, Mary Phinney von Olnhausen, and Louisa May Alcott as they taught themselves how to deal with horrific conditions and injuries in hospitals, camps, and transport ships. These women worked long, difficult hours and often faced arrogant or chauvinistic physicians as well as dishonest hospital stewards…Accessible and well researched, Toler’s book coincides with the recent PBS series Mercy Street and successfully illustrates the beginnings of nursing as a designated field of medical practice.” Library Journal
“Suzanne Toren gives a straightforward narration of this story…Toren uses tone and pace adeptly to separate expository passages and narrative from the many excerpts from letters, diaries, and other accounts. Her admiration for these women helps to make this an easily accessible history of medicine and the status of women at this time, as well as the war itself.” AudioFile

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by Nelle 9/13/2017
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Such Incredible Women

I was reading other books about the Civil War when I found this one, which is well narrated by Suzanne Toren and very interesting. It doesn’t just retell what’s in the television series but gives the factual account of real-life nurses who served during the Civil War. It includes diary entries and quotes from letters written by them or about them, making it just so real and immediate. I came away with a much greater understanding of the horrendous conditions of the war and especially about how soldiers, doctors, and particularly the nurses deal with it. This is a very inspiring account and highly recommended.

Author

Author Bio: Pamela D. Toler PhD

Author Bio: Pamela D. Toler PhD

Pamela D. Toler is a writer with a PhD in history from the University of Chicago and a fascination with historical figures who step outside the constraints of their time. She has written for many national publications on culture and history and is the author of Mankind: The Story of All of Us and The Everything Guide to Understanding Socialism. She lives in Chicago.

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Available Formats : Digital Download, CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography & Autobiography
Runtime: 8.40
Audience: Adult
Language: English