Introduction
The practice of nursing and the exigencies of war
in One hundred years of wartime nursing practices, 1854–1953
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This chapter discusses the work of the nurses caring for soldiers suffering from typhoid during the Boer War demonstrates the significance that a skilled nursing service could have on dangerously ill men in a war zone. It focuses on two very different hospitals in the South-West of England, a provincial voluntary general hospital and the local asylum for the mentally ill and those with epilepsy, largely nursed by working-class recruits. The chapter also focuses on the last months of the Second World War and explores the humanitarian work of trained and volunteer nurses after the liberation of Bergen-Belsen in 1945. It discusses the Korean War, described by North American historian Mary Sarnecky as the 'forgotten war'. The chapter also explores the challenging work undertaken in the operating theatres and hospital wards by nurses without any previous military training. It details the work of the flight nurses during the Korean War.

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