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More Than Bombs and Bandages: Australian Army Nurses at Work in World War I

Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

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Media: BOOK - hardcover, 358 pages
Author: K. Harris
Year: 2011
ISBN: 9780980814057
Other: b&w photos, appendixes, bibliog, index
Publisher: Big Sky Publishing

More than Bombs and Bandages exposes the false assumption that military nurses only nursed. Based on author Kirsty Harris' CEW Bean Prize winning PhD thesis, this is a book that is far removed from the ‘devotion to duty’ stereotyping offering an intriguing and sometimes gut-wrenching insight into the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) during World War I.

Both evidence-rich and personal, More than Bombs and Bandages focuses on the individuals, using their own words and recollections to illustrate the vast array of roles and skills the AANS had during the Great War. Harris draws on personal diaries, interviews, service records, hospital diaries and autobiographies to create an absorbing and meticulously constructed book.

The book incorporates a wide variety of topics including:

  • 'care and comfort' nursing as a key difference between civilian and military nursing
  • nursing in remote locations such as German East Africa and the North West Frontier of India
  • the impact of war wounds and war-based diseases on nursing work
  • the breadth of roles military nurses had outside the normal sphere of nursing

More than Bombs and Bandages provides rich pickings for all those interested in nursing history, women in the Australian military the application of medical treatments and World War I.

List of Illustrations
List of Abbreviations
1. Introduction
2. Australian nursing and training
3. We're in the army now
4. New environments, changing roles
5. A real touch of war - new patterns in work
6. New relationships
7. Every little ache - the impact of disease
8. In amongst the blood and guts - surgical nursing
9. The legacy of the AANS
Appendix A. Location where AANS nurses served
Appendix B. Other roles of the AANS
Appendix C. Army Nursing Services, Australian Imperial Force: Extracts from Regulations and Orders, issued with M.O. 471/1917
Appendix D. Extracts from Standing Orders for Sisters in AWM25 50905
Appendix E. Glossary of Terms
Appendix F. Training hospitals of ANNS members
Chapter Endotes

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