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Don't buy this book if you are interested in a recounting of the PBS series.... It's not. Instead it's a carefully written history of nursing in the Civil War. I kept waiting for the story to start! But as a nurse and somewhat of a nursing history buff, I really enjoyed the book (dry in parts...) and was fascinated at the state of the art in the 1860's. The book recounts the inbred tension between schools of nursing (Dix vs Nightengale, for example), and truly lays a foundation for art of the nursing we know today. Lots of familiar names for me.... Clara Barton and others. The narrator was fair, some mispronunciations (Scutari, for example), but overall easy to listen to. I honor the women who have walked before me in this profession.
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great book, very informative, puts the history of the civil war in another context we don't usually hear about. too bad wasn't more about the southern medical efforts, nurses, doctors, hospitals, tended to make it sound as the northern people were heroes and southerners were monsters, but most bios were written by northerners so I suppose that's why it's slanted in that direction.