An Officer and A Lady

An Officer and A Lady

Canadian Military Nursing and the Second World War

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Toman (nursing, U. of Ottawa) studies Canadian military nurses and their work during World War II, examining how gender intersected with class and ethnicity to transform over 4000 civilian nurses into military nurses, and also seeking an understanding of the issues of who became nurses, why they enlisted, and the legacy of military nursing for postwar civilian practices. The book also analyzes how gender, war, and medical technology intersected to create a role for women in the military as well as the occasional incongruousness of shaping nurses as both officers and ladies. This title should prove interesting to students and scholars of military, medical, and social history of the time period. Annotation ©2008 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

Publisher: Vancouver : UBC Press, c2007
ISBN: 9780774814485
Branch Call Number: 940.54757 TOM
Characteristics: ix, 261 p. :,ill. ;,23 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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