Class Year

2018

Document Type

Blog Post

Publication Date

1-25-2016

Department

Civil War Institute

Abstract

In the first episode of the new PBS series Mercy Street, nurse Anne Hastings is seen applying a plaster cast to a wounded soldier’s bare legs before a captivated audience of surgeons and hospital workers. This action seems trivial today, even unquestionable, but as the show progressed and more scenes portrayed this seemingly insignificant concept of touch, of intimacy between a female nurse and her male patients, its true magnitude became apparent. [excerpt]

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This blog post originally appeared in The Gettysburg Compiler and was created by students at Gettysburg College.