Reviewed by Jim Young
Professor Christine E. Hallett
Published by Oxford University Press
The backbone of this book is book is the nurse. The stalwart, relentless application of good nursing care and management in the face of almost overwhelming adversity literally saved the lives of thousands of casualties during the First World War. If it is to be called the “Great War” then these were Great Nurses. But were they heroines? Or was this an artefact of the authorship of the contemporary journals that were coloured by the sometimes abrasive, sometimes collaborative relationship between voluntary versus trained nurses? Professor Hallett’s book looks at these questions and at the independence of action that was facilitated for these early volunteers by way of their wealth and connections.