An Officer and A Lady

An Officer and A Lady

Canadian Military Nursing and the Second World War

Book - 2007
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During the Second World War, more than 4,000 civilian nurses enlisted as Nursing Sisters, a specially created all-female officers' rank of the Canadian Armed Forces. They served in all three armed force branches and all the major theatres of war, yet nursing as a form of war work has long been under-explored. An Officer and a Lady fills that gap. Cynthia Toman analyzes how gender, war, and medical technology intersected to create a legitimate role for women in the masculine environment of the military and explores the incongruous expectations placed on military nurses as "officers and ladies."

Publisher: Vancouver : University of British Columbia Press, c2007.
ISBN: 9780774814478
Branch Call Number: 940.547571082 T655
Characteristics: ix, 261 p. : ports. ; 24 cm.


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Feb 15, 2012

My mother was a NS at #1 Neur. and Plastics Hospital in Basingstoke from 1940 until 1945.
She told me many stories when I was a young lad, about London and the blitz, but this book opened my eyes even more to what life must have been like in those awful and exciting days. Mum passed away before this book was researched but I'm sure she would concur with the author's valuable history lesson. Lest we forget.

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