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0 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 50 out of 5 0.00 (0 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Pamela D. Toler Narrator: Suzanne Toren Publisher: Hachette Book Group Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: February 2016 ISBN: 9781478964124
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A look at the lives of the real nurses depicted in the PBS show Mercy Street and their Civil War struggles.

Heroines of Mercy Street tells the true stories of the nurses at the Mansion House of Alexandria, Virginia, a mansion turned war-time hospital and setting for the new PBS drama Mercy Street. Among the Union soldiers, doctors, wounded men from both sides, freed slaves, politicians, speculators, and spies who passed through the hospital in the crossroads of the Civil War, were nurses who gave their time freely and willingly to save lives and aid the wounded.

These women saw casualties on a scale Americans had never seen before, and medicine was at a turning point. Heroines of Mercy Street follows the lives of women like Dorothea Dix, Mary Phinney, Anne Reading, and more before, during, and after their epic struggle in Alexandria and reveals their personal contributions to this astounding period in the advancement of medicine.

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  • “The author chronicles the lives of figures such as Georgeanna Woolsey, Hannah Ropes, Mary Phinney von Olnhausen, and Louisa May Alcott as they taught themselves how to deal with horrific conditions and injuries in hospitals, camps, and transport ships. These women worked long, difficult hours and often faced arrogant or chauvinistic physicians as well as dishonest hospital stewards…Accessible and well researched, Toler’s book coincides with the recent PBS series Mercy Street and successfully illustrates the beginnings of nursing as a designated field of medical practice.”

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  • Accessible and well researched... Successfully illustrates the beginnings of nursing as a designated field of medical practice. Rebecca Hill, Library Journal
  • “Suzanne Toren gives a straightforward narration of this story…Toren uses tone and pace adeptly to separate expository passages and narrative from the many excerpts from letters, diaries, and other accounts. Her admiration for these women helps to make this an easily accessible history of medicine and the status of women at this time, as well as the war itself.”


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About the Author

Pamela D. Toler is a writer with a PhD in history from the University of Chicago and a fascination with historical figures who step outside the constraints of their time. She has written for many national publications on culture and history and is the author of Mankind: The Story of All of Us and The Everything Guide to Understanding Socialism. She lives in Chicago.

About the Narrator

Suzanne Toren has over thirty years of experience in narration. She has won the American Foundation for the Blind’s Scourby Award for Narrator of the Year, AudioFile magazine named her the 2009 Best Voice in Nonfiction & Culture, and she is the recipient of multiple Earphones Awards. She performs on and off Broadway and in regional theaters and has appeared on Law & Order and in various soap operas.