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Heroines of Mercy Street was written by Pamela D. Toler and was published by Little Brown and Company in 2016. This is a non-fiction book and it describes the real stories from the television series Mercy Street. It has 253 pages not included the references and the index at the end of the book. The book describes the diligent nurses who worked and volunteered during the Civil War and showed the difficulties that the soldiers and nurses faced outside of the battlefield. The book describes the experiences that the women had to go through in order to become a nurse during the Civil War. Although nurses were desperately needed, many hospitals did not want female nurses because doctors believed that women were not strong enough …show more content…
In addition, nursing was now seen as a profession and females were more accepted for the job. Mary Livermore who was a Civil War nurse and supported the Women rights movement said that, “One of the best things that has happened in the advance that has come to woman hood generally during the last fifty years”. The book describes the nurses in the Northern states and it briefly mentions the nurses in the Southern states. However, in both the Northern and Southern states, the hospitals were unprepared for the war and nurses were …show more content…
At the time, diseases were not well understood, so diseases were easily spread. Hannah Ropes was a nurse in the Union House Hospital and who became sick with typhoid pneumonia and later on died. This put many nurses in danger because they could contact diseases while nursing the wounded. Some nurses only lasted a few months while others lasted for years like Mary Phinney Von Olnhausen who was a nurse that cared for the wounded throughout the Civil War. Although, not all the nurses who got sick died, some had to stop being a nurse and return home, like Mary Phinney Von Olnahausen who left when she got sick with dysentery. After her illness resolved itself, Mary Phinney Von Olnahausen returned to nursing after she felt better and she said, “I’m in the war until discharged… I know that all are not fitted for this life, but I feel as if it were my special calling and I shall not leave it, if God gives me strength, while I know there is Union solider to

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