By Sue Hawkins
This booklet provides a brand new exam of Victorian nurses which demanding situations commonly-held assumptions approximately their personality and motivation. 19th century nursing historical past has, formerly, focused nearly solely on nurse leaders, at the improvement of nursing as a occupation and the politics surrounding registration. This emphasis on sizeable topics, and reliance at the writings of nursing’s top stratum, has ended in nursing heritage being affected by stereotypes. This publication is likely one of the first makes an attempt to appreciate, intimately, the real nature of Victorian nursing at flooring point.
Uniquely, the examine perspectives nursing via an fiscal lens, rather than the extra traditional vocational concentration. Nursing is put within the wider context of women’s position in British society, and the altering customers for woman employment within the excessive Victorian interval. utilizing St George’s sanatorium, London as a case learn, the e-book explores the evolution of nurse recruitment, education, stipulations of employment and profession improvement within the moment half the 19th century. Pioneering prosopographical thoughts, which mixed archival fabric with census information to create a database of named nurses, have enabled the new release – for the 1st time – of biographies of standard nurses.
Sue Hawkins’ findings belie the image of nursing as a occupation ruled by way of heart classification girls. Nursing used to be a melting pot of social periods, with promoting and chance prolonged to all ladies at the foundation of advantage on my own. This pioneering paintings will curiosity scholars and researchers in nursing heritage, the social and cultural historical past of Victorian England and women’s studies.
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