An Officer and a Lady: Canadian Military Nursing and the Second World War

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UBC Press, May 20, 2008 - History - 544 pages
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During the Second World War, more than 4,000 civilian nurses enlisted as Nursing Sisters, a specially created all-female officers' rank of the Canadian Armed Forces. They served in all three armed force branches and all the major theatres of war, yet nursing as a form of war work has long been under-explored. An Officer and a Lady fills that gap. Cynthia Toman analyzes how gender, war, and medical technology intersected to create a legitimate role for women in the masculine environment of the military and explores the incongruous expectations placed on military nurses as "officers and ladies."

 

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Contents

Introduction
3
Enlisting Nurses
13
2 Incorporating Nurses into the Military
52
3 Shaping Nursing Sisters as Officers and Ladies
92
4 Legitimating Military Nursing Work
117
Community and Social Memory
168
Conclusion
200
Biographical Profiles of Interviewed Nursing Sisters
206
Notes
216
Selected Bibliography
240
Index
251
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Cynthia Toman is an assistant professor of nursing and Associate Director of the Associated Medical Services Nursing History Research Unit at the University of Ottawa.

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