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Working in a world of hurt: Trauma and resilience in the narratives of medical personnel in warzones

Carol Acton and Jane Potter


Working in a World of Hurt uncovers and analyses the range of responses to psychological trauma by male and female medical personnel in wartime in the 20th and early 21st centuries. Until now, academic and popular studies have focused on the trauma experienced by soldiers and civilians, saying very little about the mental strain endured by their healers. Acton & Potter seek to understand the subjective experiences of British, American and Canadian doctors, nurses, and other medical workers by studying personal accounts contained in letters, diaries and memoirs, both published and unpublished, ... More

Keywords: Trauma, Resilience, War, Nurses, Doctors, Medical personnel, Life-writing, 20th century, 21st century

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780719090363
Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719090363.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Carol Acton, author
University of Waterloo

Jane Potter, author
Oxford Brookes University