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Discover the true story of two pioneering suffragette doctors who transformed modern medicine, raised standards for patient care, and shattered social expectations for women in WWI-era London. A month after war broke out in 1914, doctors Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson set out for Paris, where they opened a hospital in a luxury hotel and treated hundreds of casualt Discover the true story of two pioneering suffragette doctors who transformed modern medicine, raised standards for patient care, and shattered social expectations for women in WWI-era London. A month after war broke out in 1914, doctors Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson set out for Paris, where they opened a hospital in a luxury hotel and treated hundreds of casualties plucked from France's battlefields. Although, prior to the war, female doctors were restricted to treating women and children, Flora and Louisa's work was so successful that the British Army asked them to set up a hospital in the heart of London. Nicknamed the Suffragettes' Hospital, Endell Street soon became known for its lifesaving treatments and lively atmosphere. In No Man's Land, Wendy Moore illuminates this turbulent moment when women were, for the first time, allowed to operate on men. Their fortitude and brilliance serve as powerful reminders of what women can achieve against all odds.


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Discover the true story of two pioneering suffragette doctors who transformed modern medicine, raised standards for patient care, and shattered social expectations for women in WWI-era London. A month after war broke out in 1914, doctors Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson set out for Paris, where they opened a hospital in a luxury hotel and treated hundreds of casualt Discover the true story of two pioneering suffragette doctors who transformed modern medicine, raised standards for patient care, and shattered social expectations for women in WWI-era London. A month after war broke out in 1914, doctors Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson set out for Paris, where they opened a hospital in a luxury hotel and treated hundreds of casualties plucked from France's battlefields. Although, prior to the war, female doctors were restricted to treating women and children, Flora and Louisa's work was so successful that the British Army asked them to set up a hospital in the heart of London. Nicknamed the Suffragettes' Hospital, Endell Street soon became known for its lifesaving treatments and lively atmosphere. In No Man's Land, Wendy Moore illuminates this turbulent moment when women were, for the first time, allowed to operate on men. Their fortitude and brilliance serve as powerful reminders of what women can achieve against all odds.

30 review for No Man's Land: The Trailblazing Women Who Ran Britain’s Most Extraordinary Military Hospital During World War I

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jean

    This is the story of the struggle by British physicians/surgeons and nurses for the right to an education/training in the field of medicine and for the right to practice their profession. Slowly they got to the point they were allow to care for women and children, but forbitten to treat men. World War One and the influenza pandemic changed their roles. This is the story of the all women run British Military Hospital called Endell Street Military Hospital. Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson This is the story of the struggle by British physicians/surgeons and nurses for the right to an education/training in the field of medicine and for the right to practice their profession. Slowly they got to the point they were allow to care for women and children, but forbitten to treat men. World War One and the influenza pandemic changed their roles. This is the story of the all women run British Military Hospital called Endell Street Military Hospital. Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson both physicians/surgeons went to France in 1914 with the British Red Cross and started an all women hospital for the care of all wounded. It was highly successful and impressed a few key British high-ranking officers. They returned to England in 1915 and built the Endell Street Hospital from an old building. It was the largest all women run military hospital. It was famous for being extremely clean (Florence Nightingale would have been proud). During the 1917-18 pandemic they had barriers between beds; staff all wore masks and gowns. The hospital was continuously scrubbed clean. Moore published a book called “No Man’s Land”, but I believe it is the same book under different title. I found this book fascinating. The treatment of not only the women in the medical field after WWI but all the women that stepped up and carried on the work was despicable, but not unexpected. Women may have been blocked again from an education or right to work, but at least they got the right to vote. I highly recommend this book. It held my attention throughout. I read this as an audiobook downloaded from Audible. The book is fourteen hours and thirty minutes. Antonia Davies does an excellent job narrating the book. Davies is a British actress and audiobook narrator.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Rose

    I won this book in the goodreads giveaway. Being a nurse I was very interested in the war/medical aspects of this book. I believe in women being equal to men doctors. I was rather surprised to find the violence used by the women's groups to obtain their end of equality. It should be noted to other readers that the 2 lead characters the book focuses on are Lesbians. As I said I am more interested in the war & the medical aspects so this book was not what I was looking for. I did pass it on to whe I won this book in the goodreads giveaway. Being a nurse I was very interested in the war/medical aspects of this book. I believe in women being equal to men doctors. I was rather surprised to find the violence used by the women's groups to obtain their end of equality. It should be noted to other readers that the 2 lead characters the book focuses on are Lesbians. As I said I am more interested in the war & the medical aspects so this book was not what I was looking for. I did pass it on to where I thought it would be most useful.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Judi

    I received this ARC free from the publisher. This is my honest review. I rarely get to read about pioneering women I had never heard of, so when "No Man's Land" arrived for my review, I was intrigued. The story of Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson's collaboration to bring quality medical care to the Allied Forces during WWI while proving women could run a military hospital as well as any man is one that I thoroughly enjoyed. Murray and Garrett Anderson were each a force to be reckoned with I received this ARC free from the publisher. This is my honest review. I rarely get to read about pioneering women I had never heard of, so when "No Man's Land" arrived for my review, I was intrigued. The story of Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson's collaboration to bring quality medical care to the Allied Forces during WWI while proving women could run a military hospital as well as any man is one that I thoroughly enjoyed. Murray and Garrett Anderson were each a force to be reckoned with, but when they teamed up, nothing could stand in their way. Their names deserve recognition at the same levels as Harriet Tubman, Susan B. Anthony and Ruth Bader Ginsberg. Murray and G.A. were both encouraged as young girls to pursue their dreams despite any obstacles. So even in a time when women doctors were relegated to hospitals for women and children, these two women plied all their skill and talent where they could and campaigned for women's rights as suffragettes. When WWI broke out, these two saw an opportunity and took it. They opened the first all-women military hospital in Paris, France (the British military was not interested in their help at that time), and proved their worth. This was but the first of several all-women-run hospitals they ran during WWI - ultimately for the British Army. Murray, in fact, became the highest-ranking female in the British forces during that time. While focused on Murray and Garrett Anderson, the story expands to highlight many of the other women surgeons, nurses, and orderlies that worked in one of the many military hospitals they founded. It provides enough background on the Allied failures and successes to inform the reader on how the war drove medical science and how work at Murray and G.A.'s hospitals improved the condition of all injured British soldiers. Of a timely note, there is a cautionary tale of the Spanish Flu and how its three waves could provide insight into how the current Covid-19 pandemic could play out if not managed well. These were two women who found themselves at the cusp of change and grabbed it by the horns. Their efforts were not always successful, and they did not win every battle. Still, they pushed the limits of suffrage and medical science, paving the way for the multitude of women doctors we consider normal over 100 years later. Note: there have been comments about violence in this book. I found the violence well within context and by no means graphic or gratuitous. While Murray and Garrett Anderson were very likely lesbians (they never declared one way or the other), their sexual preferences never play into the overarching story of women coming together to confront a denigrating status quo. At its core, this is a book about women taking the opportunity to show the world they are far more capable than many might assume.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Cassidy

    Interesting story about some very heroic, trailblazing women, but it often felt repetitive with extremely similar stories being reiterated many times throughout the book.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Rebecca

    Dry in parts but interesting research on Doctors Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson. I feel like for a historian in 2020 to feel the need to say "It's impossible to say whether Murray and Anderson enjoyed a sexual relationship... but they certainly forged a lifelong loving bond" is unfortunate - loads of historical straight couples never had kids so there's no "proof" of their sexual relationship, but you wouldn't feel the need to write a disclaimer after researching how they're buried in a Dry in parts but interesting research on Doctors Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson. I feel like for a historian in 2020 to feel the need to say "It's impossible to say whether Murray and Anderson enjoyed a sexual relationship... but they certainly forged a lifelong loving bond" is unfortunate - loads of historical straight couples never had kids so there's no "proof" of their sexual relationship, but you wouldn't feel the need to write a disclaimer after researching how they're buried in a shared grave with the inscription "We have been gloriously happy"/wore matching rings/lived together/told family they hated being apart/Anderson in her will leaving her rings to her "nieces in love" (Murray's nieces)/Murray leaving everything in her will to Anderson, etc. Calling their love story a "loving bond" seems insubstantial and in general their relationship felt downplayed.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Zoe's Human

    No Man's Land is an intriguing look at the full history of a military hospital run by women. When World War I broke out, the suffragists of Britain stepped up to contribute to the war effort in areas previously unheard of for women. Despite great upfront resistance, the Endell Street Hospital became one of the most respected military hospitals, a frontrunner in experimental medicine and successful treatment. While the book is well-written and well-researched, it is occasionally dry. It also has No Man's Land is an intriguing look at the full history of a military hospital run by women. When World War I broke out, the suffragists of Britain stepped up to contribute to the war effort in areas previously unheard of for women. Despite great upfront resistance, the Endell Street Hospital became one of the most respected military hospitals, a frontrunner in experimental medicine and successful treatment. While the book is well-written and well-researched, it is occasionally dry. It also has the feel of being perhaps somewhat unnuanced in its desire to present the hospital, and the impressive accomplishments of its staff, in the best possible light. Nevertheless, it is an interesting read that provides a unique insight into the history of suffrage, World War I, and even a look at the Spanish Flu. I received a complimentary copy of this book via a Goodreads giveaway. Many thanks to all involved in providing me with this opportunity.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Mary

    Drs. Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett were strong and heroic women in the medical field and especially during WWI. They helped pave the way for all future female physicians and I enjoyed reading their story. What they accomplished in France was amazing. The book at times was dry and somewhat repetitive though. Thank you to the Hatchette Book Group for my free copy.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Bridget

    This is one of the best books I've ever read, particularly non-fiction. It is the story of Endell Street Military Hospital, in the Covent Garden area of London. Started in 1915 during the first World War, it was the only hospital founded by women, and where all of the medical staff (doctors, surgeons) and most of the administrative staff were women. It was started by Doctors Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson. If you have any interest at all in women's history, medical history, and/or World This is one of the best books I've ever read, particularly non-fiction. It is the story of Endell Street Military Hospital, in the Covent Garden area of London. Started in 1915 during the first World War, it was the only hospital founded by women, and where all of the medical staff (doctors, surgeons) and most of the administrative staff were women. It was started by Doctors Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson. If you have any interest at all in women's history, medical history, and/or World War I, you should read this book. It outlines the struggles of women who were trained in the few programs available to them to become physicians. Once their training was finished, job opportunities were few and far between. The two women who founded Endell Street were also active in the suffrage movement, and during the war, proved without a doubt that women were capable of so much more than society wanted or expected them to be. The book talks not just about the struggles of the two founders, but Britain's problems during the first world war, where to some extent, women became "allowed" to do jobs not open to them before out of necessity. Murray and Anderson started their journeys by volunteering to set up a hospital for France; once they made a success of it, the British Army took notice. And even though they were allowed to set up Endell Street, they still had to fight for so much, and were never really treated the same as male doctors and military hospitals. But in the end, they prevailed and were able to save many lives and treat hundreds upon hundreds of soldiers. When the war ended, they were still overcome by victims of the Spanish flu, and the hospital didn't actually close until December 1919. The author introduces us to so many of the women who worked there, and gives us their stories. It's really a group of amazing people, literally operating in a world hesitant to accept them. The stories of both the women and the hospital are riveting, and full of so much information that is absorbed while reading the book that you don't even consciously realize that it's actual history. To go into any detail would make this review way too long. So I will just say, you should read this book. It shows us how much has changed for women, and also (unfortunately) how much remains the same.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Dorothy Bennett

    Wendy Moore's thoroughly researched and documented NO MAN'S LAND provides the history of women's increased opportunities in Britain in the field of medicine during WWI. The use of women doctors and their assistants in an all-female run hospital in London is an important piece of women's history; that said, what makes the book interesting reading are the details that Moore has been able to assemble to develop these colorful heroines of medicine, Louisa Garrett Anderson and Flora Murray, both suff Wendy Moore's thoroughly researched and documented NO MAN'S LAND provides the history of women's increased opportunities in Britain in the field of medicine during WWI. The use of women doctors and their assistants in an all-female run hospital in London is an important piece of women's history; that said, what makes the book interesting reading are the details that Moore has been able to assemble to develop these colorful heroines of medicine, Louisa Garrett Anderson and Flora Murray, both suffragettes fighting for women's rights in England--and who stepped aside from that battle to create military hospitals for the treatment of WWI's fallen soldiers, two in France and one major facility in London. Overcoming all obstacles, they proved that women could treat sick and wounded men as well as male physicians--and stand up under the stress of serious surgical procedures. It's quite a story, one to admire, and I appreciated having the opportunity to experience it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Barbara

    As a woman and a nurse who served in the military, though not in war time, I am in awe of these women doctors, nurses and ordered who served in such primitive conditions in WWI. I know little of WWI , the suffragettes movement in England and the 1918 flu pandemic but because of the events of 2020 I have, of course, looked to the past to understand today. This book covers the struggles of Dr. Flora Murry and Louisa Garret Anderson as suffragettes and doctors to obtain the vote for women and equal As a woman and a nurse who served in the military, though not in war time, I am in awe of these women doctors, nurses and ordered who served in such primitive conditions in WWI. I know little of WWI , the suffragettes movement in England and the 1918 flu pandemic but because of the events of 2020 I have, of course, looked to the past to understand today. This book covers the struggles of Dr. Flora Murry and Louisa Garret Anderson as suffragettes and doctors to obtain the vote for women and equal rights for women under the law. The way women were treated and still are is appalling. By the way, women in England did not get full access to medical school unto 1975!!! Another fun fact, Louisa Garrett Anderson was the daughter of Elizabeth Garrett Anderson the first female doctor in England. Until WWI the few female doctors there were were regulated to treating women and children only and barely paid. WWI begins, the Army run by men, is proved to be incompetent and the medical core is overwhelmed the first day and thousands of wounded die for lack of care. Enter Dr's. Murray and Anderson and their staff and they open a model hospital under the French Red Cross and start saving lives. Other women also come to the rescue of the wounded with hospitals and ambulance. What Dr's. Murray and Anderson face is heart wrenching. Get the tissues out as you read the stories about these brave women treating these brave soldiers. Be angry at the government's and the paper pushers who stood in the way of get getting things done for the better. Be angry at the stupidity of 20 million people dying over a strip of land in France which is what it boiled down to though not all died right there. I digress. Dr's. Murray and Anderson did so much good in France they were tapped to open a 575 bed hospital in London for the wounded. Though most of the military doubted they would be successful their hospital and their satellite hospital turned out to be the best hospitals in London for the wounded. Prepare to be awed by the staff's commitment to the wounded working long hours 7 days a week with few breaks to serve their country and the wounded with food being rationed no less. They had to deal with infections and no antibiotics, lice and no bug killer, war wounds and no fancy equipment, summer and winter with no central heat and air. The stories are unbelievable. I could not put the book down. I could not have done it. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for allowing me to read this book for a review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Brandi D'angelo

    This book could've been called "No Man's Land In A Man's World." It tells the heroic story of two tenacious women who not only worked tirelessly during World War One, saving thousands upon thousands of lives, but also paved the way for women to come in the areas of voting, working in the medical field, and obtaining an education and certification in the medical field. For years, doors had been closed on women wishing to become doctors, but that would start to change after WWI. The "man's world" This book could've been called "No Man's Land In A Man's World." It tells the heroic story of two tenacious women who not only worked tirelessly during World War One, saving thousands upon thousands of lives, but also paved the way for women to come in the areas of voting, working in the medical field, and obtaining an education and certification in the medical field. For years, doors had been closed on women wishing to become doctors, but that would start to change after WWI. The "man's world" of medicine was about to be invaded. Louisa Garrett Anderson and Flora Murray set up and ran two military hospitals in France, and also set up another hospital in London. They entered a "no man's land," learning to treat devastating war wounds such as severed limbs, gaping holes into the brain, abdomen and elsewhere, bacterial infections, and shellshock. This was a whole other world compared to the minor emergencies they had dealt with before, such as appendicitis or a bone fracture. Being women, they brought their strengths and a motherly touch to hospital care. They used colorful blankets, flowers, music, tasty food, and entertainment to the medical wards. To keep the patients busy, they even taught them needlework. This meant so much to the patients, that they and their families wrote thank-yous and sent donations long after their stays. An amazing side story of No Man's Land is the strong outpouring of volunteer help and donations to the war cause, specifically to the hospitals. Volunteers came from around the world, including Australia and the United States. And until the hospitals came under the wing of the Army, all of the supplies were donated by the doctors themselves, their friends, and others who heard about the needs. Fathers of the doctors and nurses donated their time as orderlies, drove ambulances, and some even made crutches and designed artificial limbs. It truly was a combined, heroic effort on a monumental scale. At times I felt this story was too long and too repetitive (same stories, different locations and characters,) but I see now the importance of all that detail. We can never forget one, the horror of war, and two, the heroic people who stepped up and fought for it.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Homerun2

    4.5 stars This was a fascinating account of a little-known World War I event: the first and only all-female operated military hospital. Two determined doctors, who were also suffragettes, persevered to overcome male intransigence, military bureaucracy, and public bias against women to succeed at efficiently implementing, equipping and running a casualty hospital. The two women, Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson, experienced difficulty enough in those pre-women's vote times in becoming docto 4.5 stars This was a fascinating account of a little-known World War I event: the first and only all-female operated military hospital. Two determined doctors, who were also suffragettes, persevered to overcome male intransigence, military bureaucracy, and public bias against women to succeed at efficiently implementing, equipping and running a casualty hospital. The two women, Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson, experienced difficulty enough in those pre-women's vote times in becoming doctors. And even after their training, the only jobs open were in pediatric and ob/gyn type situations. They were turned down in England when they volunteered to staff a hospital, but found acceptance in Paris. Their crew of female doctors, orderlies and nurses (with a few male helpers) did an outstanding job and soon word of mouth spread to not only soldiers but to the civilian population and the military brass. When you consider neither doctor had much relevant experience, it's a particularly impressive feat. Anderson learned on the job and soon became a very competent surgeon dealing with incredibly difficult cases of head injuries, fractures, and gunshot wounds. One of their biggest concerns was sepsis as almost every wound they saw was infected. They ended up contributing to a medical breakthrough by trying some new methods and materials. This was a magnificent success story, but also very poignant given the horrific wartime casualties. And sadly, although the military hierarchy finally recognized their competence and enlisted them to run a hospital in London, they never actually had equal status or pay with their male counterparts. And even more disturbing, after the war ended it was back to square one. Most women doctors were dismissed when the men returned home, and were relegated once again to subsurvient status. This is a compelling read, with war history interwoven with the personal stories of the women involved and a succinct re-telling of the difficulties they overcame. Thanks to the publisher and to Net Galley for providing me with an ARC in return for my honest review.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Judith

    Once again, I learned so much from listening to this book. There are so many unsung heroes/heroines during times of war and other crises. The unsung heroines of this non-fiction story are women physicians in England during WWI. Women were battling to be treated equally in England in 1914 when the war broke out. With most able men being recruited into the military, England found itself short of medical personnel to treat the wounded. They reluctantly hired women physicians to help with treating t Once again, I learned so much from listening to this book. There are so many unsung heroes/heroines during times of war and other crises. The unsung heroines of this non-fiction story are women physicians in England during WWI. Women were battling to be treated equally in England in 1914 when the war broke out. With most able men being recruited into the military, England found itself short of medical personnel to treat the wounded. They reluctantly hired women physicians to help with treating the wounded. This is the true story of two pioneering suffragette doctors who transformed modern medicine, raised standards for patient care, and shattered social expectations for women in WWI-era London. A month after war broke out in 1914, doctors Flora Murray and Louisa Garrett Anderson set out for Paris, where they opened a hospital in a luxury hotel and treated hundreds of casualties plucked from France’s battlefields. Although, prior to the war, female doctors were restricted to treating women and children, Flora and Louisa’s work was so successful that the British Army asked them to set up a hospital in the heart of London. Nicknamed the Suffragettes’ Hospital, Endell Street soon became known for its lifesaving treatments and lively atmosphere. In No Man’s Land, Wendy Moore illuminates this turbulent moment when women were, for the first time, allowed to operate on men. Their fortitude and brilliance serve as powerful reminders of what women can achieve against all odds. Sadly, once the war ended, women physicians again were relegated to treating women and children instead of continuing to treat the general population as they had so competently treated the casualties of WWI. All of the old prejudices about the public accepting female physicians once again came back. When will this perception that somehow women are not as capable of men ever end? We have made progress, but we still have a long way to go! Reading about these brave and committed women fighting to be accepted on their merits was inspiring.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Becky Courage

    Louisa Garrett Anderson, a surgeon and Flora Murray, a physician and anesthetist were leaders in the battle for women’s entry into medicine. Pre WWI, female doctors were only permitted to treat women and children patients. The male dominated medical field made it increasingly difficult for women to receive specialist training and to advance in the discipline. After the war broke out in 1914, Garrett Anderson and Murray saw an opportunity to serve their country, prove themselves as female physici Louisa Garrett Anderson, a surgeon and Flora Murray, a physician and anesthetist were leaders in the battle for women’s entry into medicine. Pre WWI, female doctors were only permitted to treat women and children patients. The male dominated medical field made it increasingly difficult for women to receive specialist training and to advance in the discipline. After the war broke out in 1914, Garrett Anderson and Murray saw an opportunity to serve their country, prove themselves as female physicians, and finally gain the experience they had long been denied. The women rallied a group of female doctors, nurses and orderlies and called themselves the Women’s Hospital Corps (WHC). In September of 1914 they traveled to Paris to set up a hospital at the Hotel Claridge. Later, after finally receiving some support from the British War Office, the women would open another hospital in France called Chateau Mauricien. It would become the first British army hospital to be run entirely by women. Using the skills and experience gained in France, the WHC returned to London to establish the Endell Street Military Hospital. ‘No Man’s Land’ details the challenges faced by the female doctors at Endell Street: from their early struggles for recognition and respect in the field of medicine, to the logistical trials of aiding men ravaged by war. This is a good book for those with an interest in WWI and the early suffragette movement. It covers a wide range of topics from the lives of the women physicians and nurses, to medical advancements and research, and stories from the soldiers treated at Endell Street. The story was repetitive at times and several passages could have been edited out. However, I particularly enjoyed reading about ‘Literary Caregiving’, and of the medical advancements pioneered by the women at Endell Street, such as BIPP. Thank you to NetGalley for an advanced copy of this book. I would recommend.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katia M. Davis

    This is a brilliant non-fiction read, thoroughly researched and engaging. This is not just about a wartime hospital in London run by women, but includes the history of women in medicine for several decades prior to the outbreak of the First World War and carries us through parts of the Suffragette movement, to the early experiences of female doctors in France at the outbreak of war in order to place things in context prior to Endell Street being established in 1915. Likewise, at the conclusion, This is a brilliant non-fiction read, thoroughly researched and engaging. This is not just about a wartime hospital in London run by women, but includes the history of women in medicine for several decades prior to the outbreak of the First World War and carries us through parts of the Suffragette movement, to the early experiences of female doctors in France at the outbreak of war in order to place things in context prior to Endell Street being established in 1915. Likewise, at the conclusion, we learn what happens to the hospital and its staff after the war ended. Obviously the bulk of the book takes us through the establishment and life of the hospital and its staff, particularly the two female surgeons who made it tick. It draws heavily on letters, diaries, historical interviews, war office records, and photographs to tell the story of this extraordinary hospital run pretty much entirely by women. It proved that women were just as capable (if not more so) of performing the surgeries and care required for traumatic injury, but also excelled in administration, and military administration at that. Many men thought at the time that women were too frail or emotionally sensitive to cope, with brains not capable of processing the complexities of surgery on the horrific wounds suffered by soldiers, sometimes in 'intimate places'; or that men would refuse to be treated by a female doctor/surgeon. Quite the opposite occurred, with pioneering treatments and advances in techniques and prosthetics, and some injured men begging to be sent to Endell Street because of the level of care, compassion, and high survival rate. Thousands of war wounded went through the hospital during its existence with over 7000 major surgeries taking place; towards the end of the war and for months after the cessation of hostilities, the hospital also dealt with the flu pandemic with some of its staff falling ill and several dying. Some of the isolation techniques first developed at Endell Street were quickly adopted by other hospitals. This is an extraordinary book about extraordinary women in the most difficult of times. A must read for anyone interested in the history of women in medicine and in warfare.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kayl Parker

    1// "We are fighting the same battle as was fought then, and if it is the only argument that the country can understand we are obliged to use it." 2// Most of the men arrived in shock, devastated by what they had seen and done, traumatized by witnessing the deaths of friends and enemies alike. "There is a look of weariness in their eyes that appalls one," said the nurse. "They all have it -- the trench-haunted look." 3// Observing the compassionate care that Anderson and her corps provided, Sharp 1// "We are fighting the same battle as was fought then, and if it is the only argument that the country can understand we are obliged to use it." 2// Most of the men arrived in shock, devastated by what they had seen and done, traumatized by witnessing the deaths of friends and enemies alike. "There is a look of weariness in their eyes that appalls one," said the nurse. "They all have it -- the trench-haunted look." 3// Observing the compassionate care that Anderson and her corps provided, Sharp noted the "bitter irony of our civilization, which first compels men to tear one another to pieces like wild beasts for no personal reason, and then applies all its arts to patching them up in order to let them do it all over again." When the "patching is done by women," she wrote, "the ironic tragedy of the whole thing seems more evident." 4// Struggling to explain this new world order, the magazine exclaimed: "They are men in the best sense of the word, and yet women in the best sense of that word also." 5// The war had changed everything, and nothing... The legions of women who had fed Britain, armed its troops, and kept the country moving were expected meekly to return to their own kitchens... In rare cases where women were kept on or secured new jobs, they were often vilified for depriving men -- especially veterans disabled by the way -- of their livelihoods. One journalist complained that "girls were clinging to their jobs" to earn "pocket-money" to buy frocks, even though many were war widows struggling to feed their families... More significantly, perhaps, the mood toward women had changed... Much of this male rage was targeted at women, particularly women workers, in a rash of bitter jibes, physical attacks, and even sexual assaults. Not only were women castigated for stealing men's jobs, but even their wartime contributions were undermined and trivialized. In the impulse to wipe out the worst memories of the war, men wanted women to return to their prewar domestic roles and submissive behavior.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Angie Kennedy

    I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway from the publisher. I was excited to receive it because our public library was closed at the time and it would have been some time before I was able to get a copy for myself. I'd really give this 3.5 stars. I enjoyed it and learned a lot about the British suffragette movement and the climate surrounding woman suffrage at that time. I recently watched the American Experience programs on PBS about the movement in the United States. I'd heard that th I won a copy of this book in a Goodreads giveaway from the publisher. I was excited to receive it because our public library was closed at the time and it would have been some time before I was able to get a copy for myself. I'd really give this 3.5 stars. I enjoyed it and learned a lot about the British suffragette movement and the climate surrounding woman suffrage at that time. I recently watched the American Experience programs on PBS about the movement in the United States. I'd heard that the fight for suffrage both in the UK and US had sort of gone on hiatus during WWI as women began war work. There were a lot of names, and the women were generally referred to by their surnames after the first mention...I stopped and started several times as I got more books from the public library, so that might not have thrown me off my game as much if I'd read it straight through. The subject was interesting, but I found the text was just missing that extra spark that would have caused me to give it further stars. I can't put my finger on it. I also don't know how many times it was necessary to intimate that the two CO female doctors were (probably) a couple. After the first couple of mentions, I got it. Not gonna lie, I wish that there had been more happy endings for the women of this book. So many of them died young, you can't help but think of how much they could have accomplished and contributed to medicine had their circumstances been different.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Zeb Kantrowitz

    On the one hundredth anniversary of the woman's right to vote in the US, comes the story of the most persistent of the British Suffragettes and how their work during the first world war led to the passing of the first partial woman's right to vote. In the early part of the twentieth century, the woman's movement had broken into two camps, one non-violent (the Suffragists) and the violent (Suffragettes). The Suffragettes were the ones who were constantly causing trouble in the streets and ending u On the one hundredth anniversary of the woman's right to vote in the US, comes the story of the most persistent of the British Suffragettes and how their work during the first world war led to the passing of the first partial woman's right to vote. In the early part of the twentieth century, the woman's movement had broken into two camps, one non-violent (the Suffragists) and the violent (Suffragettes). The Suffragettes were the ones who were constantly causing trouble in the streets and ending up being force fed in jail when they went on hunger strikes. A group of these woman from both sides had also fought to get woman into medical schools and for positions as physicians in hospitals. They were only able to treat women and children so they started their own hospital so they could be in charge of their own lives. When the war broke out in 1914, the Suffragist/Suffragettes called a truce with the government for the duration of the war. This is the story of the first military hospital in England (and other facilities in France) where all the medical staff were woman. During the war they became known as the most caring and efficient military hospital, pioneering many new surgical and anti-sepsis techniques. It a very well written and detailed story of what these women went through and what happened after the war.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Wil A. Emerson

    How could you not be astounded by the remarkable work of the first female physicians to go face to face with the world's great powers? Drs. Murray and Anderson were the first women to open and run a military hospital but it didn't come easy. Society, politicians and medical professionals, men who towered metaphorically over talented, dedicated and highly educated women, didn't believe women could handle the stress of the sick and dying. How soon they were proven wrong. This dramatic account of t How could you not be astounded by the remarkable work of the first female physicians to go face to face with the world's great powers? Drs. Murray and Anderson were the first women to open and run a military hospital but it didn't come easy. Society, politicians and medical professionals, men who towered metaphorically over talented, dedicated and highly educated women, didn't believe women could handle the stress of the sick and dying. How soon they were proven wrong. This dramatic account of the early 1900s, the first world war and into the Spanish flu era reveals how discipline and endurance outweigh the arms of restraint. While equal rights and the freedom to serve continue to be in the forefront of news, it might help if those who cry 'fowl play' abide by the rules of evidence. Women of the past and present continue to demonstrate their impact on society but power is lost when the cry of 'me too' reveals a lack of discretion and a weakness of soul. Read about these brilliant female doctors who fought the fight, never gave up and didn't lower their standards to do the work they loved to do....healing the sick, providing dignity to the dying and embracing the needs of their countrymen. A must read.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Cozy Cat Reviews

    This is a remarkable true life story of two brave women doctors who opened a military hospital during WWI. Both women were doctors who were experiencing discrimination at the time and not allowed to even do surgery on men. Held back in their careers they both fought for women's rights and were also two of the trailblazing women that helped women gain rights after the war. Once the war broke out they took it upon themselves to open Britain's most successful military hospital run by women. They no This is a remarkable true life story of two brave women doctors who opened a military hospital during WWI. Both women were doctors who were experiencing discrimination at the time and not allowed to even do surgery on men. Held back in their careers they both fought for women's rights and were also two of the trailblazing women that helped women gain rights after the war. Once the war broke out they took it upon themselves to open Britain's most successful military hospital run by women. They not only successfully treated patients they did groundbreaking work with the veterans . They were the first doctors to discover how to treat PTSD in veterans. its a story that everyone should read to know these brave women. I loved this book and this impressive story of two women of history I formally did not know about. The author did a remarkable job of telling their personal story amid the background of WWI. A .excellent read. I highly recommend this book. Thank you to the publisher and to Net Galley for the opportunity. My review opinion is my own.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Miguel

    The first world war brought resources to their limit including medical care, and the suffrage movement had opened the door just wide enough to do what had never been done before: allow women the chance to practice emergency medicine. No Man’s Land capably documents this effort. I found the last 1/3 of the book to be the best. One of the only weaknesses is that none of the characters leap off the page. The last part sees not only the actions of treating war wounded and battered fighters, but also The first world war brought resources to their limit including medical care, and the suffrage movement had opened the door just wide enough to do what had never been done before: allow women the chance to practice emergency medicine. No Man’s Land capably documents this effort. I found the last 1/3 of the book to be the best. One of the only weaknesses is that none of the characters leap off the page. The last part sees not only the actions of treating war wounded and battered fighters, but also in the treatment during the initial and subsequent deadlier Spanish Flu wave. To hear how these capable women were mostly denied medical careers after all their service throughout the war is disheartening. I immediately ordered a copy of this to send to my sister who is an ER surgeon as I hope it will serve as both inspiration and motivation and knowledge of those who blazed a path that she followed.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sam Dye

    This is a remarkable book with remarkable writing. There were multiple things revealed about WWI that were new to me. They were revealed at a level of detail that was interesting. The most revealing to me was the incredible sexism that existed before the war in England and tragically afterward as well. Endell Street was very remarkable in its own right, but Drs. Murray and Anderson took more risk than anyone in their Paris hospital (Claridge's) and their subsequent French coast hospital (Chateau This is a remarkable book with remarkable writing. There were multiple things revealed about WWI that were new to me. They were revealed at a level of detail that was interesting. The most revealing to me was the incredible sexism that existed before the war in England and tragically afterward as well. Endell Street was very remarkable in its own right, but Drs. Murray and Anderson took more risk than anyone in their Paris hospital (Claridge's) and their subsequent French coast hospital (Chateau Mauricien) before their London hospital. Their success was due to the many strong women they attracted as staff and the standards they set. Their motto "Not Words but Deeds" was lived daily and even extended to the important holiday celebrations they had. Dr Murray had top organizational skills and Dr. Anderson had top surgical skills plus their ability as women to work together resulted in a synergistic result.

  23. 4 out of 5

    sssnoo reads

    Maybe it is because I am medically trained (veterinarian), but I was enthralled to read all the details about this all-woman run war casualty hospital from WWI. Who knew? I am so happy the author wrote this superbly researched accounting of the amazing women who defied the times and created the best-run hospital of its time. Readers interested in women's history or WWI and the flu pandemic will appreciate this book. For non-fiction, it reads like a great novel. The last chapter though made me cr Maybe it is because I am medically trained (veterinarian), but I was enthralled to read all the details about this all-woman run war casualty hospital from WWI. Who knew? I am so happy the author wrote this superbly researched accounting of the amazing women who defied the times and created the best-run hospital of its time. Readers interested in women's history or WWI and the flu pandemic will appreciate this book. For non-fiction, it reads like a great novel. The last chapter though made me cry with sadness and frustration because it covers what happened to the women physicians and surgeons after the war - you can guess. It just made me cry at the waste of human potential. but it was also a good reminder of how we can slowly change the status quo. Because look at women in medicine now!

  24. 5 out of 5

    Mary

    3.5/5 Another part of women's history that has been supressed. Having read fairly widely on WW1, I'm surprised that I hadn't heard about this military hospital run by women. It was an interesting read about incredible women who lived to fight for equality in medicine as well as doing their patriotic duty and helping thousands of soldiers to recovery. It was so disappointing to learn that the British government didn't support women training as doctors or women working in general after the war. Thi 3.5/5 Another part of women's history that has been supressed. Having read fairly widely on WW1, I'm surprised that I hadn't heard about this military hospital run by women. It was an interesting read about incredible women who lived to fight for equality in medicine as well as doing their patriotic duty and helping thousands of soldiers to recovery. It was so disappointing to learn that the British government didn't support women training as doctors or women working in general after the war. This was despite their huge support in the war effort and without whom life in the UK would have ground to a halt. It wasn't until the 1970's that barriers to women training as doctors were lifted. Absolutely appalling.

  25. 5 out of 5

    James

    Excellent historical account of the trailblazing women who ran Britain's most extraordinary military hospital during World War 1. A bit repetitive in terms of the continuing injuries of the men in war that were being treated, but looked at historically it was the reality of what was taking place. It is unfortunate how quickly the women lost their rights after the war that they had worked so diligently to get during the war, and thankfully most, albeit not all, of that has been corrected as of pres Excellent historical account of the trailblazing women who ran Britain's most extraordinary military hospital during World War 1. A bit repetitive in terms of the continuing injuries of the men in war that were being treated, but looked at historically it was the reality of what was taking place. It is unfortunate how quickly the women lost their rights after the war that they had worked so diligently to get during the war, and thankfully most, albeit not all, of that has been corrected as of present time. The Imperial War Museum is one of my favorites, and it is nice to know that there is a special place there honoring these extraordinary women who rose to the task and then some. Bravo!!!

  26. 4 out of 5

    Judy Davidson

    Two of the chapters I enjoyed most were about the Battle of the Somme and about the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918. This was when all the WWI soldiers were demobilized only to return home to quickly succumb to it. Armistice celebrations where jubilant huge crowds celebrated by kissing and dancing with utter strangers, as well as overcrowded ships bringing men home were among the factors leading to its spread. No social distancing! It was sad to read about all the advances medical women made in stat Two of the chapters I enjoyed most were about the Battle of the Somme and about the Spanish Flu epidemic of 1918. This was when all the WWI soldiers were demobilized only to return home to quickly succumb to it. Armistice celebrations where jubilant huge crowds celebrated by kissing and dancing with utter strangers, as well as overcrowded ships bringing men home were among the factors leading to its spread. No social distancing! It was sad to read about all the advances medical women made in stature in 1915 - 1918, only to be thrust back into secondary roles after the men came home and took charge of the hospitals and medical schools again.

  27. 4 out of 5

    indulge.your.shelf

    As one who loves World War history, I found this to be very informative and engaging! I have always loved learning about what goes on sort of behind the scenes of the frontline, and this is a wonderful account of the midwives and nurses who helped the wounded. The sheer wit and determination of those who courageously put themselves in harm's way to help others is so inspiring. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found the writing to be smooth and readable. It was entertaining as well as informati As one who loves World War history, I found this to be very informative and engaging! I have always loved learning about what goes on sort of behind the scenes of the frontline, and this is a wonderful account of the midwives and nurses who helped the wounded. The sheer wit and determination of those who courageously put themselves in harm's way to help others is so inspiring. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and found the writing to be smooth and readable. It was entertaining as well as informative. I would recommend this book to all my fellow history lovers!

  28. 5 out of 5

    Maureen

    This is truly an extraordinary story of the women who ran a military hospital! It was excellent. A good story and just amazing what these women did, in a society where they were not allowed to vote or work as doctors, except in women's hospitals. And of course, their record of care was better than typically run hospitals b/c these women had to be perfect to make their point. I appreciated, though, that the doctors did this work, not solely out of duty to country, but also with a clear vision of This is truly an extraordinary story of the women who ran a military hospital! It was excellent. A good story and just amazing what these women did, in a society where they were not allowed to vote or work as doctors, except in women's hospitals. And of course, their record of care was better than typically run hospitals b/c these women had to be perfect to make their point. I appreciated, though, that the doctors did this work, not solely out of duty to country, but also with a clear vision of the future and how they were changing it. Leaders, not martyrs!

  29. 5 out of 5

    Surbhi Sinha

    No Man's Land is a heart-warming and motivating read for everyone today! Especially during the time of war against Covid-19. The book has multiple times over shown the importance of both gender and pressed on equality. It has rekindled the stance of why Feminism is important even today, why the revolution isn't over. Loved it but I thought it could've been a bit shorter as the same messages have been iterated multiple times.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Marni

    I read a fair bit of history, and some of it is a slog. This book moves along. Lots of time stamps to keep you oriented ("the hospital had been open 6 weeks..."). The author had a lot of material to work with, as there was newspaper coverage of this novel, women-run hospital, and staff and patients wrote lots of letters home describing the work and care. Recommended for people interested in suffragettes, medicine, and military history.

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