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Working in a world of hurtTrauma and resilience in the narratives of medical personnel in warzones$
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Carol Acton and Jane Potter

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780719090363

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719090363.001.0001

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Working in a world of hurt

Carol Acton

Jane Potter

Manchester University Press

In the history of war, and especially in discussions of the psychological trauma that can result from constant exposure to war induced injury and death, the experience of medical personnel is strikingly absent. Historically, the focus on combatant trauma has obscured the trauma of those who care for the injured and dying. The introduction examines the historiography of trauma and resilience, of wartime medical care, and theories of life-writing in order to contextualise the chapters which follow. An analysis of memoirs by medical personnel from the Second Anglo Boer War (1899-1902) is also included here.

Keywords:   Medical personnel, War zones, Second Anglo-Boer War, Psychological trauma, Resilience, Historiography, Combatant, Trauma, Life-writing

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