Heroines of Mercy Street (Hardcover)

The Real Nurses of the Civil War

By PhD Toler, Pamela D.

Little, Brown and Company, 9780316392075, 304pp.

Publication Date: February 16, 2016

Other Editions of This Title:
Digital Audiobook (2/15/2016)
Paperback (1/10/2017)
Compact Disc (2/16/2016)
Compact Disc (2/16/2016)

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Description

A look at the lives of the real nurses depicted in the PBS show Mercy Street
HEROINES OF MERCY STREET tells the true stories of the nurses at Mansion House, the Alexandria, Virginia, mansion turned war-time hospital and setting for the new PBS drama Mercy Street. Among the Union soldiers, doctors, wounded men from both sides, freed slaves, politicians, speculators, and spies who passed through the hospital in the crossroads of the Civil War, were nurses who gave their time freely and willingly to save lives and aid the wounded.
These women saw casualties on a scale Americans had never seen before, and medicine was at a turning point. HEROINES OF MERCY STREET follows the lives of women like Dorothea Dix, Mary Phinney, Anne Reading, and more before, during, and after their epic struggle in Alexandria and reveals their personal contributions to this astounding period in the advancement of medicine.


About the Author

Pamela D. Toler is a writer with a Ph.D. in history from the University of Chicago and a fascination with historical figures who step outside the constraints of their time. She is the author of Mankind: The Story of All of Us and The Everything Guide to Socialism. She lives in Chicago.


Praise For Heroines of Mercy Street: The Real Nurses of the Civil War

"Accessible and well researched... Successfully illustrates the beginnings of nursing as a designated field of medical practice."—Rebecca Hill, Library Journal