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Michael Robinson

officials and British politicians that Irish ex-servicemen such as Mulcahy were curators of their misfortune due to idleness persisted. 122 Living in an unsympathetic society, and in the absence of an interventionist government, the comradeship of British ex-servicemen in the Free State becomes understandable. For example, Arnold met with three illiterate and downtrodden disabled veterans in Limerick who complained about their treatment by the Ministry. After each pensioner articulated his case, Arnold described the moving

in Shell-shocked British Army veterans in Ireland, 1918–39
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‘Shared experiences and meanings’
Carol Acton and Jane Potter

of duty in Vietnam, or is transferred abruptly to another theatre of war. Throughout our discussion we find that the most important source of coping is often the support of peers; an acknowledgement of shared pain becomes crucial for emotional survival, as we see in the very different experiences of Brenda McBryde, nursing in the Second World War, and Sergeant Schacht, a medic in Afghanistan. Such unspoken but tacit understanding is an essential element in the comradeship forged out of wartime hardship. Whether or not these strategies aid long-term resilience is

in Working in a world of hurt
More than just passing the time
Martin Atherton

. Anderson wrote ‘[the nation] is imagined as a community because… the nation is always conceived as a deep, horizontal comradeship’; the picture of the deaf community painted by the evidence of communal activity strongly suggests that ‘the deaf community’ could be substituted for ‘the nation’ in this quote and the sentiments would hold true.13 The philosophical concept of the deaf community has been as important to its members as its physical embodiment in the association known as ‘the deaf club’. It is here that the argument that the deaf club constitutes ‘home’ and its

in Deafness, community and culture in Britain
Emergency nursing in the Indian Mutiny
Sam Goodman

were repeatedly scrutinised and questioned.21 Benedict Anderson’s formulation of national identity developed in Imagined Communities is particularly useful in exploring Fothergill’s observation further, and in framing the wider significance of the diary format that the chroniclers of the Lucknow garrison employ.22 In an era in which Anderson argues that the bonds of horizontal comradeship are consistently being secured by the global reach of print capitalism, the colonial diary represents a way in which women were able to engage with and join the imperial endeavour

in Colonial caring
Jane Brooks

comradeship that made life pleasanter and more productive of ideas for the patients’ welfare.’12 Others wrote of ‘rank [being] barely recognised’13 and doctors helping the nurses on the ward as they created order out of the chaos of convoys.14 Yet nursing sisters did not experience this new confidence without some hostility; not all relations in the field were harmonious. Sister Helen Luker experienced difficulties with the medical staff on the HMS Dorsetshire, both clinically and professionally. On 7 November 1940 she complains that ‘Col Ward demands tea at 4.30pm to my

in Negotiating nursing
Christine E. Hallett

have kept well, but she was too highly strung for the kind of life we have been having’.84 Greg’s judgement of Thurstan is reminiscent of the London Hospital’s reports of their ‘frail’ probationer. Yet, Thurstan went on to serve in Belgium, France, and Macedonia, and to be awarded a Military Medal for courage. Towards the end of Field Hospital and Flying Column, Thurstan comments that ‘War would be the most glorious game in the world if it were not for the killing and wounding. In it one tastes the joy of comradeship to the full, the taking and giving, and helping

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

the same time, these memoirs, and the interview with Nicol earlier, emphasise the community and comradeship that were a salient feature of wartime service. Mary Reynolds Powell’s World of Hurt: Between Innocence and Ignorance in Vietnam, returns to those friendships in a collective account that unites her experience with the voices of those who worked with her in Vietnam into a single story. In telling this collective story she brings together those who fought and those who cared for them with the object of holding to account those responsible for the war: Eighteen

in Working in a world of hurt
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Cholera, collectivity and the care of the social body
Michael Brown

ways they were used by their readers they were productive of an intertextuality, or rather an intermodality, of discourse which was fundamental to the imaginative construction of medicine as a spatially extensive community. In his celebrated work, Imagined Communities (1983), Benedict Anderson argued that the nineteenth-century nation could be understood less as a structural category than as an imaginative process whereby members of a bounded political community came to regard themselves as existing in ‘deep, horizontal comradeship’ with others of whose existence

in Performing medicine