An Officer and a Lady: Canadian Military Nursing and the Second World War (Studies in Canadian Military History)

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Examines nurses' experiences and their contribution toward winning the war, during WWII through the salvage of sick and injured soldiers. From feminist and social history perspectives, this book explores how gender, war, and medical technology intersected to create legitimate feminine spaces within the masculine environment of the military.

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Cynthia Toman is an assistant professor of nursing and Associate Director of the Associated Medical Services Nursing History Research Unit at the University of Ottawa.

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An Officer and a Lady is beautifully written and a real pleasure to read. It asks all the important questions about identity and representation, women's experiences, the meanings of gender, the role of nursing, and the impact of militarization and war. After reading each chapter, I couldn’t wait to continue to the next. (Susan L. Smith, author of Japanese American Midwives: Culture, Community, and Health Politics, 1880-1950 2007-12-01)

An unromanticized, nuanced, and complex book. Based on revealing first-hand accounts from the nurses themselves, as well as published memoirs, and military documents, Toman’s analysis of the ways in which nursing culture came into conflict with military culture over medical treatment and technology is brilliant. An Officer and a Lady is both pioneering scholarship and a well-told story. (Christina Bates, co-editor of On All Frontiers: Four Centuries of Nursing in Canada)

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