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Nurse Writers of the Great War$
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Christine E. Hallett

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781784992521

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9781784992521.001.0001

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American young women at war

American young women at war

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(p.175) 7 American young women at war
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Nurse Writers of the Great War
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Christine E. Hallett

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9781784992521.003.0007

Young and inexperienced volunteer nurses, such as Shirley Millard discovered the complexities of war-nursing during their service in France. Millard wrote an honest account of her feelings of inadequacy and disillusionment. In a similar vein, Rebecca West ghost-wrote the memoir of a young American volunteer nurse known only by the pseudonym, Corinne Andrews. These memoirs both reveal the powerful desire of some women to participate in their country’s war-effort, and the realities of war-service for untrained and inexperienced volunteer-nurses.

Keywords:   Shirley Millard, I Saw Them Die, Rebecca West, War Nurse, American volunteer nurses

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