Nurses, Doctors, and Social Control
This chapter continues the focus on remobilization and on the emergence or transformation of key social groups. Here the focus is on military medicine. The first half of the chapter describes the lives, activities, successes, and failures of Russian nurses and doctors. Attention is paid to the strongly gendered nature of this aspect of the war experience, and evidence is provided of the scale, governance, and functionality of the new network of hospitals and aid stations. The second half of the chapter focuses on the types of issues medical professionals dealt with, especially new forms of trauma like gas attacks and the spread of epidemic diseases. It argues that the “progressive” urge to solve these pressing issues through social control took on ever more political meaning as the conflict developed and that the remobilization of society in this respect helped prefigure a new style of politics.
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