It’s National Nurses Week here in the United States, and I am scrambling to catch up.* In the years since Heroines of Mercy Street was published, I’ve spent a lot of time  thinking, reading, writing and talking about nurses.*  As a result, I’ve also spent a lot of time talking to nurses–and their friends, mothers,…

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If you’ve been hanging out here on the Margins for very long, you’ve read stories about nurses in the American Civil War. I am fascinated by their stories: the reasons they volunteered, the lives they left behind, the way they dealt with the common challenges that all nurses faced, what they did after the war.…

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