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Monica's War (J.P. McMahon)


As a triple certificated nurse Monica joined the Australian Army Nursing Service (AANS) during the Second World War. Throughout her career she was matron of several military hospitals, in Australia, New Guinea and Japan. Monica's War highlights orderlies and doctors' medical work at the life threatening front line Kokoda Track, while in rear based hospitals, Monica and her AANS sisters coordinated the patient-care of servicemen suffering from malaria and other tropical diseases, facial wounds and post-traumatic stress disorders.

Along with fighting against personal illness, she also fought a gender war against male attempts to prevent AANS members from nursing soldiers and bans on her nurses teaching some Japanese nurses aspects of patient care for Japanese civilians suffering from the effects of atomic radiation at Hiroshima.

Soft cover, 265 pages.

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