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Dorothyanne Brown

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Tämä arvostelu kirjoitettiin LibraryThingin Varhaisia arvostelijoita varten.
I requested Spit & Polish from the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program because I had an aunt who was in nursing school during World War II, and I am also a recently-retired librarian from a university that used to train nurses. The author, DA (Dorothyanne) Brown, is a retired nurse (albeit from a later time period), and did "extensive research to vividly illustrate the challenges of mid-century health care," according to the Early Reviewers blurb.

I was not disappointed with the history in this book, set in post-World-War-II Canada. Because of some early struggles in nursing school, the main character, Ruth, is assigned to the nearby tuberculosis ward in Kingston, Ontario.

It was fascinating to read about the treatments for tuberculosis (some almost barbaric) prior to the use of appropriate antibiotics. Brown has a two-page bibliography at the end of the advance reader edition, listing her sources.
A complaint I have about the book was a number of omitted words, particularly in some of the quotations, in the advance reader edition I received. The citations for the quotations are inconsistent (some list author, some list title), and at least two are from sources not listed in the bibliography (which needs to be alphabetized). I hope the book undergoes a thorough proofreading before final publication.

Still, I learned a lot reading this book, and I would read another book about historic nursing by this author. I'd also like to read her Recycled Virgin - the title and premise are intriguing!
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riofriotex | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 26, 2024 |
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I very much enjoyed Spit and Polish. I wanted to read this book because my mother was in training to be a nurse a few years after the time period of this story, which was set in 1945. I knew my mom made lifelong friends during training, and wanted to know a bit more about what it was like. In the book, Ruth wants to escape small town life, her large family and preacher father, to move to Kingston, Ontario to train as a nurse.

The book was a bit slow at first, with the monotonous drudgery of early training, emptying bedpans and cleaning and making beds. She is assigned a mentor who has no interest in mentoring and Ruth feels unable to complain. But the story became really interesting when she was transferred to a Sanitorium to gain experience and work as a nurses aide taking care of patients with TB. I had no idea that so many Canadians died of TB, and how horrifying the treatments were for the severe cases, before antibiotics were found that were effective against tuberculosis. There were returning soldiers and many Inuit children also receiving treatment.

Each chapter begins with a quote from historical writings about nursing, most from Florence Nightingale's notebooks. These were very interesting as well.

I love books where I identify with the characters, and Ruth was a very sympathetic and resilient character, with all the trials she went through. The author is planning to continue Ruth's story in a sequel, so I will look forward to that. Highly recommended!
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Scrabblenut | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 19, 2024 |
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Interesting historical fiction story of a young girl embarking on a career in nursing at a time when women didn't have careers, but were expected to marry and produce children.
 
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sunqueen | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 18, 2024 |
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I received Spit and Polish by DA Brown from the Early Reviewers program. When Ruth was accepted into nursing school at Kingston General Hospital, she was overjoyed. However, when she is sent to a local tuberculosis sanitorium due to her lack of nursing schools, she finds that nursing is much harder than she ever imagined. While working on developing her skills, she is soon enveloped in the care and lives of wounded soldiers infected with TB as well as infected women and children. This is Ruth's story as she works to hone her nursing skills so she can return to nursing school and helping patients heal.

This story was an interesting original story, however it missed the mark for me with the character development. i love the those stories where you just fall in love with the characters and unfortunately for me, there just wasn't enough of that character relatability for my liking.
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debristow | 3 muuta kirja-arvostelua | Feb 7, 2024 |

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