African American Men in the Union Medical Service

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In this blog post, Jane Schultz, Ph.D., gives some background to Samuel Diggs' character by examining the real-life African American men who practiced medicine as surgeons during the Civil War.

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Nursing the Enemy

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In this blog post, Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., details the relief work done by clergy and laypeople during the Civil War and the complex subject of nursing the enemy.

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Journeywomen of the Civil War

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Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., explains how the growth of the railway and urgent need for qualified nursing staff during wartime led to an explosion in independent women traveling the United States.

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Dressing Up for War: Living Life in a Hoop Skirt and Corsets

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Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., tells how dressing up as an extra for Mercy Street gave her new insights into the lives and restrictions of 19th century women.

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Sore Attachments

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In this blog post, Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., examines the psychological impacts of the war on nurses, as seen with Nurse Mary in the Mercy Street Season Finale.

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Reckoning with Death

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In this blog post, Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., describes how the handling of the dead, on a scale unimaginable to most people today, presented challenges to Civil War medical staff and army administrators alike.

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Pathogenic Paths of Least Resistance

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In this blog post, Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., explains how a large number of patients in military hospitals ended up there because they had been exposed to infectious diseases.

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A Rough Landing for the New Nurse

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Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., is Professor of English and the Medical Humanities and Director of Literature at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis. She is co-editor of book series "Nursing History and Humanities.” In her first blog post, Schultz compares Mary Phinney's first day at Mansion House Hospital to the experience of real-life nurses during the Civil War.

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Trying New Things On

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In this blog post, Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., explores how characters across the series try on new roles and experiences as several plot lines thicken.

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The Bull on Mr. Bullen

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Jane E. Schultz, Ph.D., is Professor of English and the Medical Humanities and Director of Literature at Indiana University-Purdue University-Indianapolis. In this blog post, Schultz takes a closer look at Mansion House Hospital steward Silas Bullen and real-life stewards during the Civil War, and also provides context to what women of color experienced in this era.

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