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All the Young Men: How One Woman Risked it All to Care For the Dying

By Ruth Coker Burks

Orion Books, €21

In 1986, Ruth Coker Burks was as normal a 26-year-old American woman as you could find, working in a timeshare business in her native Arkansas. While visiting a friend undergoing cancer treatment in hospital one day, she was intrigued to find nurses drawing straws on who might have to enter a room ...