Civil War Institute
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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Jensen, Anika N., "Sexual Healing: Nurses, Gender, and Victorian Era Intimacy" (2016). The Gettysburg Compiler: On the Front Lines of History. 126.