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Russia's Sisters of Mercy and the Great War : more than binding men's wounds / Laurie S. Stoff.

By: Stoff, Laurie [author.].
Material type: TextTextSeries: JSTOR eBooks; Modern war studies.Publisher: Lawrence, Kansas : University Press of Kansas, [2015]Description: 1 online resource.Content type: text Media type: computer Carrier type: online resourceISBN: 9780700621651; 0700621652.Subject(s): Women and war -- Russia -- History | Military nursing -- Russia -- History | Nurses -- Russia -- BiographyAdditional physical formats: Print version:: Russia's Sisters of Mercy and the Great War.DDC classification: 940.4/75092520947 Online resources: Click here to view this ebook.
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Stoff (Arizona State Univ.) has produced a significant work in undertaking the scholarly study of nursing on the Russian front in WW I. She clarifies the administrative structure of the Russian Red Cross, the most important provider of nurses, discusses the quasi-religious image of the "sisters of mercy" and their social background, and discusses expectations and demands concerning their behavior. Given the paucity of sources, this is a major contribution. There are problems, however. It is not clear if Stoff's primary focus is Russian or nursing history, and ultimately, neither is served as well as it might be. While much about the Russian context is familiar, and her repetitious descriptions are of minor value, she does not provide sufficient information about the actual work the women did or their effectiveness in doing it. On the other hand, her discussion of the imagery of the nurses, both pro and con, is enlightening. More rigorous editing, both to clear up stylistic lapses and to prune repetition, would have substantially improved the work. Nonetheless, it is an important first step in elucidating an important subject, and belongs in academic libraries. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Upper-division undergraduates and above. --Judith Zimmerman, University of Pittsburgh, Greensburg Campus, emerita

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