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Officer, nurse, woman : the Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War

Author / Creator
Vuic, Kara Dixon, 1977-
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Drawing on more than 100 interviews, Vuic allows the nurses to tell their own captivating stories, from their reasons for joining the military to the physical and emotional demands of a horrific wa...

Drawing on more than 100 interviews, Vuic allows the nurses to tell their own captivating stories, from their reasons for joining the military to the physical and emotional demands of a horrific war and postwar debates about how to commemorate their service. Vuic also explores the gender issues that arose when a male-dominated army actively recruited and employed the services of 5,000 women nurses in the midst of a growing feminist movement and a changing nursing profession. Women drawn to the army's patriotic promise faced disturbing realities in the virtually all-male hospitals of South Vietnam. Men who joined the nurse corps ran headlong into the army's belief that women should nurse and men should fight.

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Creator
Kara Dixon Vuic
Format
Books
Language
English
Publication
  • Baltimore : Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010
Physical Details
  • xii, 271 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
ISBNs
9780801897139, 1421404443, 0801893917, 0801897130, 9780801893919
OCLC
ocn593239761, ocn923195306, ocn317118311

  • Includes bibliographical references and index.

  • Introduction: "Lady, you're in the army now" -- "The bright adventure of army nursing" : meeting nursing demands for the Vietnam War -- "An officer and a gentleman" : gender and a changing army -- "A wonderful, horrible experience" : nursing education and practice -- "Helmets and hair curlers" : gender and wartime nursing -- "I'm afraid we're going to have to just change our ways" : wives, mothers, and pregnant nurses in the army -- "You mean we get women over here?" : gender and sexuality in the war zone -- "Not all women wore love beads in the sixties" : postwar depictions of Vietnam War nurses -- Conclusion: Officers, nurses, and women
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