A cinematic début novel about one brilliant young woman's struggle to become a doctor during the American Civil War. Mary Sutter is a brilliant, headstrong midwife from New York, who dreams of becoming a surgeon. Determined to overcome the prejudices against women in medicine, and eager to run away from her recent heartbreak, Mary travels to Washington to help tend the legions of Civil War wounded. Under the guidance of two surgeons who unwittingly fall in love with her, Mary peruses her medical career in the desperately overwhelmed hospitals of the capital.
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