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Canadian Army Nursing Service

The Canadian Army Nursing Service (CANS) plays a pivotal role in my novel Angel of Mercy, yet it is little mentioned in the history of World War One. The CANS was founded in 1901. The first women who enrolled served in the South African (Boer) War. Three years later, the CANS consisted of 25 women. In […]

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The True Stories of World War One Nurses

My novel, Angel of Mercy, focuses on a young woman serving during the First World War with the Canadian Army Nursing Service. While her experiences are fictional, she and her colleagues are based on the brave nurses who served overseas during nearly five years of war. “In his much-admired book published in 1975,” Baroness Williams […]

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Shell Shock Afflicted Healthy Men: PTSD During WW1

Post-traumatic stress syndrome (PTSD) was not a diagnosis during World War One, and psychiatry was a relatively new medical discipline. No one knew how intense stress affects the mind.  Not long after the war began, a new disease — first coined shell shock in 1915 but not in common use until later — began showing up […]

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The Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918: More Devastating Than WW1

Most years the flu is nothing more than an annoyance, killing only a small portion of the population.  One pandemic, the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918, went on to become the most devastating in human history. Despite the name, the virus did not originate in Spain. Spain was neutral in World War One.  As a […]

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World War One Trench Diseases

In addition to being devastating to the landscape and population, World War One was devastating to the human body. Yes, there were the horrific wounds, but there were also diseases.  These diseases were otherwise rarely diagnosed and, therefore, became known as “trench diseases.” Trench Fever Type of infection: Bacterial, transmitted by lice Symptoms: Abnormal sensitivity […]

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