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Amy Milne-Smith

helpless pose, passive, almost in prayer, places him as a quiet victim – a sacrifice to the war machine. His vulnerability makes him sympathetic, but it also renders him childlike, if not effeminate. 3 Pity was an emasculating emotion, and injured and disabled men were well aware of that. 4 The doctor leads Anderson through the train looking at his patients, telling stories of heroic surgeries and narrow escapes from Zeppelin attacks. She wonders at how the patients were ‘so pitiful

in Out of his mind
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Mobilisation, militarisation, and medicalisation in WWI Germany
Heather R. Perry

in this study is the organisation of these material bodies themselves. Therefore what this book has laboured to illustrate is how, through the intricate web of army, medicine, and society, the disabled body itself became regimented, rationalised, centralised – even industrialised – during the war in order to achieve the state’s belligerent goals. By turning soldiers into war materiel with cheap, interchangeable parts, German orthopaedists fundamentally became part of the war machine itself, enlisted not simply as healers of violence, but rather as wagers, or

in Recycling the disabled
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Christine E. Hallett

women; and here they differ from male narratives. While the writings of men tell of being led up to the war front and held there either to survive or to be dragged into and destroyed by the war machine, for those female writers not attached to ‘official’ services, flight was possible and could occur at almost any time. Memoirs such as Violetta Thurstan’s Field Hospital and Flying Column have this tone. They are about freedom, not captivity. Nurses who avoided ‘official’ enlistment, and offered their services, instead, to ‘freelance’ hospital units or to Red Cross

in Nurse Writers of the Great War
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War and medicine in World War I Germany
Heather R. Perry

conditions of total mobilisation from 1914 to 1918. This process of medicalisation included both the militarisation of medicine as well as the militarisation of the disabled body in Germany’s first ‘total war’. Fundamental to these two developments, however, was the growing participation of medical ­professionals – in this instance orthopaedists – in the organisation of the modern ‘war machine’. As this book demonstrates, the so-called ‘recycling of the disabled’ was a direct result of the convergence of multiple war-time processes. Medicine and war Given the centrality of

in Recycling the disabled
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Christine E. Hallett

, her brother, and two close friends – it was also written for those women who had served in wartime, to ensure that the female voice would be heard, and that one particular feminine perspective would be understood. Enid Bagnold: military medicine as part of the ‘war machine’ If some wartime nurse writers may be viewed as ‘heretics’ – as individuals who attacked the received wisdom of their day – then Enid Bagnold is perhaps one of the most skilful and least openly aggressive of these. Her soft irony and quiet observations evoke a more muted form of horrified

in Nurse Writers of the Great War
Christine E. Hallett

the insult of our curiosity and the curse of our purpose, the purpose to remake him.’66 The scenario is not only reminiscent of rape – full of what Trudi Tate refers to as ‘eroticised horror’67 – it is also an affront against humanity ‘en masse’: the repair of one small element of a larger war machine, the purpose of which is not to restore a human being but, rather, to remake a component. What is most disturbing is the patients’ gratitude: ‘When we hurt them they try not to cry out, not wishing to hurt our feelings. And often they apologise for dying.’68 Hazel

in Nurse Writers of the Great War
Christine E. Hallett

’Serclaes, Flanders and Other Fields: 62–3. 10 T’Serclaes, Flanders and Other Fields: 66–7. 11 T’Serclaes, Flanders and Other Fields: 69. 12 Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason, Golden Lads:  A  Thrilling Account of How the Invading War Machine Crushed Belgium (New York: A. L. Burt, 1916). 13 T’Serclaes, Flanders and Other Fields: 78–9. 14 Baroness de T’Serclaes, MS diary; 9029-2, Imperial War Museum, London. 15 T’Serclaes, Flanders and Other Fields: 63–4. 163 Professional women 16 Claire Tylee: The Great War and Women’s Consciousness: Images of Militarism and Womanhood in

in Nurse Writers of the Great War
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Women in the Vietnam War
Carol Acton and Jane Potter

and with representing them as victims of the American war machine, she acknowledges that her more intense emotional response is to the wounded Americans. Visiting an American military hospital to beg supplies, she sits with a severely wounded Marine and comforts him as he dies: ‘I had seen injuries like this – and worse – in our own triage, but my feelings were different. The frustration I felt caring for Vietnamese in an ill-equipped, civilian hospital was worlds apart from the revulsion that filled me as I  looked down at the Marine’s sunken blue eyes in a pallid

in Working in a world of hurt