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Nurses and Nursing in Old Time Radio

One of the noblest professions, the collection includes stories of brave nurses on the battlefield and everyday nurses who offer comfort and care.

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Vintage NursesFor as long as there have been people, there have been sick people. One of the things that make us human is that fact that for as long as there have been sick people, there have been people acting as nurses to take care of them.

The earliest nurses were mothers doing their best to comfort and treat their sick children. Orders of nuns in all the major religions arose with the mission of caring for the sick. In fact, senior nurses in British hospitals are often addressed as "Sister" to this day. When Hippocrates created the medical profession in ancient Greece, he also trained male attendants to care for and observe patients of the earliest doctors. In a modern hospital setting, nurses are thought to be subservient to doctors, but they actually work together more like teammates or a biological organism. Doctors act as the eyes and brains of the organism, diagnosing patients and prescribing treatment, while nurses are like the limbs and fingers which actually do the work of caring for and healing the patient.

Florence Nightingale was the founder of the modern nursing profession. For centuries of warfare, the women who followed armies between battlefields were looked down upon by society, since they generally served as laundresses, cooks, and very often, prostitutes. Born in 1820 into the gentry class and educated by her abolitionist minister father, Florence was able to travel extensively as a young woman. In 1853, she was given charge of the Institute for the Care of Sick Gentlewomen in London. When Britain sent her troops to Crimea a little more than a year later, Florence, along with 38 nurses trained at the Institute and fifteen Catholic nuns were sent to the war zone under the authority of the War Ministry.

Florence Nightinggale

The Crimean War was an early example of industrial warfare which would be savagely displayed a decade later in the American Civil War, and the injuries and illnesses the soldiers sustained were horrific. Nightingale discovered that conditions in the field hospitals were nearly as terrible as those on the battlefield, with overworked medical staffs, a shortage of medicines, and little attention paid to basic hygiene. Florence began sending reports back to London with pleas for official help to improve conditions. During her first year in the country, more than 4,000 men died but Florence observed that the fatalities from diseases like typhus, typhoid, cholera, and dysentery were ten times greater than those from battle injuries. In the field, she instituted better sanitation conditions, including mandatory hand washing, and was credited with reducing death rates in military hospitals by orders of magnitude. The British press hailed Florence as "the Lady with the Lamp" who went from one injured soldier to the next during the night, tending their wounds and offering comfort.

Later historians debate the extent of Nightingale's contributions during the Crimean War, citing the War Ministry propagandists need for some sort of heroic figure from the war. Along with defining the modern role of nurses and nursing, Nightingale established a school for nurses and midwives at St. Thomas Hospital in London which is now part of the King's College Medical School.

When we consider that the Second World War is one of the defining events of the Golden Age of Radio, there is little wonder that we find so many stories about Military nurses. Florence Nightingale's own story is related in "Angel of Mercy" on Voice of the Army. The story of "Nurse Edith Cavell" is told by Encore Theatre. Miss Cavell was a British subject living in Brussels when the Germans occupied Belgium at the beginning of the Great War and she tended to injured soldiers from both sides but she was executed by a German firing squad for helping 200 Allied soldiers to escape. Cavell's story helped the galvanize support on the British WWI Homefront. 

WWII Army Nurse Corp

One of the direst hours of America's War in the Pacific was the fall of Corregidor and Bataan. Dozens of Army and Navy nurses were serving in the Philippines on December 8, 1941, when word began arriving of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor. Seventy-seven American women were eventually captured by the Japanese and made POWs, but they not only survived, they continued their nursing duties throughout their ordeal. Their stories are told on Cavalcade of America, Radio Hall of Fame, This is My Story, Lux Radio Theatre, Notes from Your Soldier's Notebook, and Mayor of the Town.

Because nursing is traditionally an occupation for women, notions of romance will eventually crop up. Young men are almost destined to fall in love with the pretty nurse caring for them, and nurses can fall, not just for their patients but also for the handsome and capable doctors they work with. Of course, any intelligent and pretty young women who come around The Great Gildersleeve should expect to be at the receiving end of some woo-pitching, and nurse Kathryn Milford in the fall of 1949 was no exception. The nurses' romantic intentions get them into bad situations with criminals on Perry Mason, Nero Wolfe, Suspense, and Yours Truly Johnny Dollar.

Cavalcade

If there is potential for romance, there is plenty of potential for laughter, and nurses find themselves in some totally ridiculous situations on The Jack Benny Program, The Fred Allen Show, Vic and Sade, Fleischmann's Yeast Hour, and Earn Your Vacation.

Many of the greatest nursing stories are of nurses doing what they do best, working with doctors to care for and heal patients. Along with hospital romances, there is lots of serious healing on The Story of Doctor Kildare and Dr. Christian. Cavalcade presents the story of "Sister Kenny", an Australian nurse who treats polio. A nurse is trapped with three miners underground in "Newshawk", and Gallant American Women describes how some famous nurses entered the profession.

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    total playtime 22 hours, 49 min
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      50 shows - total playtime 22 hours 49 minutes
      1. Best Plays 530111 28 Men In White.mp3
      2. Broadway Is My Beat 530704 John Rand Case.mp3
      3. Cavalcade Of America 421005 I Was Married On Bataan.mp3
      4. Cavalcade Of America 421130 Sister Kenny.mp3
      5. Cavalcade Of America 430517 Nurses Under Sealed Orders.mp3
      6. Cavalcade Of America 430628 Sky Nursemaid.mp3
      7. Cavalcade Of America 440228 Junior Angel.mp3
      8. Cavalcade Of America 450226 Flight Nurse.mp3
      9. Cavalcade Of America 480308 No Greater Love.mp3
      10. Cavalcade Of America 501010 Emma.mp3
      11. Cavalcade Of America 530203 Short Straw.mp3
      12. Challenge Of Yukon 440629 Duke Bows To King.mp3
      13. Claudia 471112 033 Kittens.mp3
      14. Command Performance 420507 012 Betty Grable Jack BennY.MP3
      15. Dr Christian 441101 310 Substitute.mp3
      16. Dr Christian 451024 361 Playboy.mp3
      17. Encore Theater 460702 05 Man In White.mp3
      18. Encore Theater 460820 12 Nurse Edith Cavell.mp3
      19. Forecast 400729 05 Angel.mp3
      20. Ft 490427 115 Throw Your Heart Into Ring.mp3
      21. Ft 520220 258 Redhead.mp3
      22. Ft 540421 367 Newshawk.mp3
      23. Gallant American Women 400402 22 Women In Nursing.mp3
      24. Great Gildersleeve 490928 332 New Heartthrob Nurse Milford.mp3
      25. Great Gildersleeve 491026 336 Gildys Rival Dr Olson.mp3
      26. Great Gildersleeve 491102 337 Rivalry Continues At Carnival.mp3
      27. Gunsmoke 541009 Love Of Good Woman.mp3
      28. Jungle Jim 361212 059 On Road To Mandalay.mp3
      29. Nero Wolfe 510223 18 Malevolent Medic.mp3
      30. One Mans Family 431107 B048c05 Strength Glory Human Spirit.mp3
      31. Radio Hall Of Fame 450107 058 Now And Then.mp3
      32. Radio Readers Digest 480108 096 Woman Who Couldnt Come Home.mp3
      33. Screen Guild Theater 440410 191 Farewell To Arms.mp3
      34. Six Shooter 530920 Jenny.mp3
      35. Soldiers Of Press 450218 Walter Cronkike Symbol Of Caduceus.mp3
      36. Stars Over Hollywood 19540220 00 Grand Gesture.mp3
      37. Story Of Dr Kildare 500517 Nurse Parker Resigns.mp3
      38. Story Of Dr Kildare 501124 Mr Kramer Parker Needs Hobby.mp3
      39. Story Of Dr Kildare 510330 Joan Quinn.mp3
      40. Story Of Dr Kildare 510413 Yukon Joes Gold Mine.mp3
      41. Suspense 490519 Consequence.mp3
      42. Suspense 550127 Operation.mp3
      43. Suspense 620729 Weekend At Gleebes.mp3
      44. Taos 420123 0306 Nita Leopard Woman Pt 06.mp3
      45. Theater Five 650625 Ride With Death.mp3
      46. This Is My Story 430000 11 Mary Elizabeth Adams.mp3
      47. Voice Of Army 480911 417 Angels Of Mercy.mp3
      48. Weird Circle 440514 Old Nurses Story.mp3
      49. Whistler 501001 435 Dear Diary.mp3
      50. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 580824 Noxious Needle.mp3
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      50 shows - total playtime 22 hours 49 minutes
      1. Best Plays 530111 28 Men In White.mp3
      2. Broadway Is My Beat 530704 John Rand Case.mp3
      3. Cavalcade Of America 421005 I Was Married On Bataan.mp3
      4. Cavalcade Of America 421130 Sister Kenny.mp3
      5. Cavalcade Of America 430517 Nurses Under Sealed Orders.mp3
      6. Cavalcade Of America 430628 Sky Nursemaid.mp3
      7. Cavalcade Of America 440228 Junior Angel.mp3
      8. Cavalcade Of America 450226 Flight Nurse.mp3
      9. Cavalcade Of America 480308 No Greater Love.mp3
      10. Cavalcade Of America 501010 Emma.mp3
      11. Cavalcade Of America 530203 Short Straw.mp3
      12. Challenge Of Yukon 440629 Duke Bows To King.mp3
      13. Claudia 471112 033 Kittens.mp3
      14. Command Performance 420507 012 Betty Grable Jack BennY.MP3
      15. Dr Christian 441101 310 Substitute.mp3
      16. Dr Christian 451024 361 Playboy.mp3
      17. Encore Theater 460702 05 Man In White.mp3
      18. Encore Theater 460820 12 Nurse Edith Cavell.mp3
      19. Forecast 400729 05 Angel.mp3
      20. Ft 490427 115 Throw Your Heart Into Ring.mp3
      21. Ft 520220 258 Redhead.mp3
      22. Ft 540421 367 Newshawk.mp3
      23. Gallant American Women 400402 22 Women In Nursing.mp3
      24. Great Gildersleeve 490928 332 New Heartthrob Nurse Milford.mp3
      25. Great Gildersleeve 491026 336 Gildys Rival Dr Olson.mp3
      26. Great Gildersleeve 491102 337 Rivalry Continues At Carnival.mp3
      27. Gunsmoke 541009 Love Of Good Woman.mp3
      28. Jungle Jim 361212 059 On Road To Mandalay.mp3
      29. Nero Wolfe 510223 18 Malevolent Medic.mp3
      30. One Mans Family 431107 B048c05 Strength Glory Human Spirit.mp3
      31. Radio Hall Of Fame 450107 058 Now And Then.mp3
      32. Radio Readers Digest 480108 096 Woman Who Couldnt Come Home.mp3
      33. Screen Guild Theater 440410 191 Farewell To Arms.mp3
      34. Six Shooter 530920 Jenny.mp3
      35. Soldiers Of Press 450218 Walter Cronkike Symbol Of Caduceus.mp3
      36. Stars Over Hollywood 19540220 00 Grand Gesture.mp3
      37. Story Of Dr Kildare 500517 Nurse Parker Resigns.mp3
      38. Story Of Dr Kildare 501124 Mr Kramer Parker Needs Hobby.mp3
      39. Story Of Dr Kildare 510330 Joan Quinn.mp3
      40. Story Of Dr Kildare 510413 Yukon Joes Gold Mine.mp3
      41. Suspense 490519 Consequence.mp3
      42. Suspense 550127 Operation.mp3
      43. Suspense 620729 Weekend At Gleebes.mp3
      44. Taos 420123 0306 Nita Leopard Woman Pt 06.mp3
      45. Theater Five 650625 Ride With Death.mp3
      46. This Is My Story 430000 11 Mary Elizabeth Adams.mp3
      47. Voice Of Army 480911 417 Angels Of Mercy.mp3
      48. Weird Circle 440514 Old Nurses Story.mp3
      49. Whistler 501001 435 Dear Diary.mp3
      50. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 580824 Noxious Needle.mp3
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    50 recordings on 24 Audio CDs
    total playtime 22 hours, 49 min

    Nurses Disc A001

    1. Stars Over Hollywood 19540220 00 Grand Gesture
    2. Jungle Jim 361212 059 On Road To Mandalay

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    Nurses Disc A002

    1. Gallant American Women 400402 22 Women In Nursing
    2. Forecast 400729 05 Angel
    3. Taos 420123 0306 Nita Leopard Woman Pt 06

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    Nurses Disc A003

    1. Command Performance 420507 012 Betty Grable Jack BennY
    2. Cavalcade Of America 421005 I Was Married On Bataan

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    Nurses Disc A004

    1. Cavalcade Of America 421130 Sister Kenny
    2. This Is My Story 430000 11 Mary Elizabeth Adams
    3. Cavalcade Of America 430517 Nurses Under Sealed Orders

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    Nurses Disc A005

    1. Cavalcade Of America 430628 Sky Nursemaid
    2. One Mans Family 431107 B048c05 Strength Glory Human Spirit

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    Nurses Disc A006

    1. Cavalcade Of America 440228 Junior Angel
    2. Screen Guild Theater 440410 191 Farewell To Arms

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    Nurses Disc A007

    1. Weird Circle 440514 Old Nurses Story
    2. Challenge Of Yukon 440629 Duke Bows To King
    3. Dr Christian 441101 310 Substitute

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    Nurses Disc A008

    1. Radio Hall Of Fame 450107 058 Now And Then
    2. Soldiers Of Press 450218 Walter Cronkike Symbol Of Caduceus

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    Nurses Disc A009

    1. Cavalcade Of America 450226 Flight Nurse
    2. Dr Christian 451024 361 Playboy

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    Nurses Disc A010

    1. Encore Theater 460702 05 Man In White
    2. Encore Theater 460820 12 Nurse Edith Cavell

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    Nurses Disc A011

    1. Claudia 471112 033 Kittens
    2. Radio Readers Digest 480108 096 Woman Who Couldnt Come Home

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    Nurses Disc A012

    1. Cavalcade Of America 480308 No Greater Love
    2. Voice Of Army 480911 417 Angels Of Mercy

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    Nurses Disc A013

    1. Ft 490427 115 Throw Your Heart Into Ring
    2. Suspense 490519 Consequence

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    Nurses Disc A014

    1. Great Gildersleeve 490928 332 New Heartthrob Nurse Milford
    2. Great Gildersleeve 491026 336 Gildys Rival Dr Olson

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    Nurses Disc A015

    1. Great Gildersleeve 491102 337 Rivalry Continues At Carnival
    2. Story Of Dr Kildare 500517 Nurse Parker Resigns

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    Nurses Disc A016

    1. Whistler 501001 435 Dear Diary
    2. Cavalcade Of America 501010 Emma

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    Nurses Disc A017

    1. Story Of Dr Kildare 501124 Mr Kramer Parker Needs Hobby
    2. Nero Wolfe 510223 18 Malevolent Medic

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    Nurses Disc A018

    1. Story Of Dr Kildare 510330 Joan Quinn
    2. Story Of Dr Kildare 510413 Yukon Joes Gold Mine

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    Nurses Disc A019

    1. Ft 520220 258 Redhead

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    Nurses Disc A020

    1. Best Plays 530111 28 Men In White

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    Nurses Disc A021

    1. Cavalcade Of America 530203 Short Straw
    2. Broadway Is My Beat 530704 John Rand Case

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    Nurses Disc A022

    1. Six Shooter 530920 Jenny
    2. Ft 540421 367 Newshawk

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    Nurses Disc A023

    1. Gunsmoke 541009 Love Of Good Woman
    2. Suspense 550127 Operation

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    Nurses Disc A024

    1. Yours Truly Johnny Dollar 580824 Noxious Needle
    2. Suspense 620729 Weekend At Gleebes
    3. Theater Five 650625 Ride With Death

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