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England and Her Soldiers (Cambridge Library Collection - Women's Writing)by Harriet Martineau
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In the preface to this 1859 book Harriet Martineau (1802-1876) tells the reader that this 'is not a work of invention' or a 'fancy-piece' and thereby sets the tone for a study that is partly historical and partly sociological. In the writing of the book, Martineau collaborated with another prominent nineteenth-century figure, Florence Nightingale. They wished to gain political support for improvements in military hygiene and health care. Martineau draws on Nightingale's experiences when nursing wounded soldiers during the Crimean War and builds it into a strong narrative that describes the conditions that soldiers experienced in the barracks, in hospitals and on the field, making practical recommendations as to how to improve these areas, by legislation if necessary, so as to ensure the future good health of Britain's armed forces. For more information on this author, see http://orlando.cambridge.org/public/svPeople?person_id=martha
Martineau analyses the history of military hygiene and its effect on the health and performance of soldiers in war.
Martineau's 1859 book is, according to her preface, 'not a work of invention' or a 'fancy-piece'. In a forceful narrative drawing on the experiences of Florence Nightingale, she describes the conditions that soldiers experienced in barracks, in hospitals and on the field, advocating legislative action to improve military hygiene.
Table of Contents
Preface; 1. Lost armies; 2. Preservation henceforth, destruction hitherto; 3. Going out to war; 4. Meeting the enemy; 5. A winter in camp; 6. Physicians, in health and disease; 7. The wounded and sick; 8. Restoration; 9. What remains.
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