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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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The British ‘VAD’

The British ‘VAD’

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(p.187) 8 The British ‘VAD’
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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/9781784992521.003.0008

The so-called ‘VAD’ – the British volunteer nurse – received much public attention both during and after the First World War. VADs’ writings were powerful because they were produced by well-educated and articulate young women who were moved by the power of their experience in the military hospitals of the First World War. Their memoirs provide witness-statements to the realities of war-injury and to the significance of nursing work in alleviating the trauma of war. They do also, however, offer a harsh critique of the discipline of military nursing

Keywords:   British volunteer nurses, VADs, Vera Brittain, Irene Rathbone, Enid Bagnold

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