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[Women in Medicine] [Women in Wartime] Agnes E. Johns
Collection of three commonplace and friendship books from a World War I nurse
Manchester, U.K. 1915-1934. Collection of three autograph books owned by nurse Agnes E. Johns, serving at the Manchester Hospital during World War I and the Spanish Flu outbreak. Totaling 137 pages across19 years. Comprised of 1) Small Autograph Book measuring 4x4.75" in pebbled cloth, dating 1915-1917 and containing 56 pages of manuscript and original artwork, 2) Medium Autograph Book measuring 5x5" in pebbled cloth, dating 1917-1918 and containing 72 pages of manuscript and original artwork, and 3) Large Autograph Book measuring 6x7" in floral cloth, dating 1929-1934 and containing 9 pages of manuscript and original artwork. With entries in multiple hands, the present collection makes research possible into the thoughts, experiences, and relationships of wounded men and the female staff providing their care. During the First World War, "the flow of casualties from the various theaters of war overwhelmed the existing medical facilities in the United Kingdom, just as it did the recently established bases in France and Flanders. Many civilian hospitals and large buildings were turned over to the military to use," including the Manchester unit in which Agnes E. Johns worked (Researching Soldiers). Indeed, Ages' hospital served the dual purpose of treating soldiers for general injury and illness as well as providing "150 beds for limbless men" (Researching Soldiers). Examining the pages of her albums, it becomes clear that she not only provided medical care for the men she oversaw; she also provided a safe space for expressing anger and pain, for critiquing society and the pol … [Click Below for Full Description]
Bookseller: Whitmore Rare Books [USA]

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