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No Man’s Land: The Trailblazing Women Who Ran Britain’s Most Extraordinary Military Hospital During World War I

Basic. Apr. 2020. 368p. ISBN 9781541672727. $30. HIST
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In the summer of 1914, British suffragettes did not hesitate to volunteer to serve as doctors, nurses, and orderlies in World War I. They knew the war provided a unique opportunity to gain surgical experience, which would prove women doctors were as good as men. The French Red Cross accepted their offer, and the women, beginning as volunteers, established the Women’s Hospital Corps. Journalist Moore (How To Create the Perfect Wife) writes of the fortitude, intelligence, and love of these women, and relates how based on their success in the field in France, the British War Office invited the Women’s Hospital Corps to found a major army hospital in London, Endell Street, which became famous for its efficient, caring, and professional medical service. Soon officers from military hospitals throughout Great Britain were visiting Endell Street to learn from the women performing various procedures.
VERDICT Moore’s story of the Women’s Hospital Corps will inspire women with medical careers and anyone who appreciates stories of hardworking heroes.

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