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For more than a century the Canadian Red Cross Society has provided help and comfort to vulnera- ble people at home and abroad. In the rst de- tailed national history of the organization Sarah Glassford reveals how the European-born Red Cross movement came to Canada and took root and why it ourished. From its origins in battleeld medicine to the creation of Canadas rst nationwide free blood transfusion service during the Cold War Mobiliz- ing Mercy charts crucial organizational changes the inuence of key leaders and the impact of social cultural political economic and interna- tional trends over time. Glassford shows that the key to the Red Crosss longevity lies in its ability to reinvent itself by tapping into the concerns and ambitions of diverse groups including militia doctors government ofcials middle-class women and schoolchildren. Through periods of war and peace the Canadian Red Cross pioneered new services and lled gaps in government aid to become a ubiquitous agency on the wartime home front a major domestic public health organiza- tion and a respected provider of international humanitarian aid. Opening a window onto the shifting relation- ship between voluntary organizations and the state Mobilizing Mercy is a compelling portrait of a major humanitarian organization its people and its ever-evolving place in Canadian society. Sarah Glassford is a social historian of Canada who earned her PhD at York University. 1 5 M Q U P F A L L 2 0 1 6 C A N A D I A N H I S T O R Y H I S T O R Y O F M E D I C I N E Mobilizing Mercy A History of the Canadian Red Cross sarah glassford An engaging history that follows Canadas leading humanitarian organization through decades of war peace and social change. S P E C I F I C AT I O N S McGill-QueensAssociated Medical Services Studies in the History of Medicine Health and Society November 2016 978-0-7735-4775-9 39.95T CDN 39.95S US 30.99 cloth 6 x 9 360pp 34 photos Ebook available