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Part III Volunteer girls Tens of thousands of women prepared themselves for war service as nurses in the years leading up to the First World War. A minority of these were fully trained. Others attached themselves to VADs, undertook short courses in sick-nursing, bandaging, invalid cookery, and hygiene, and held themselves in readiness for war. Still others came forward at the outbreak of war with no training at all, and began developing their skills in the heat and stress of the wartime emergency. Anne Summers has shown that British and Dominion women had been

in Nurse Writers of the Great War
Stories of nursing, gender, violence and mental illness in British asylums, 1914-30

6 ‘Surely a nice occupation for a girl?’ Stories of nursing, gender, violence and mental illness in British asylums, 1914–30 Vicky Long The role played by gender in the history of mental health nursing has long been recognised. Early historians in this field identified how the feminised model of nursing posed difficulties for male attendants as they struggled to attain a secure occupational status, a subject developed further within this volume by Borsay and Knight (chapter 4). Equally, the extent to which gender has shaped understandings of madness has long

in Mental health nursing
The working lives of paid carers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries
Editors: Anne Borsay and Pamela Dale

This book seeks to integrate the history of mental health nursing with the wider history of institutional and community care for people experiencing mental illness and/or living with a learning disability. It develops new research questions by drawing together a concern with exploring the class, gender, skills and working conditions of practitioners with an assessment of the care regimes staff helped create and patients’ experiences of them. Contributors from a range of disciplines use a variety of source material to examine both continuity and change in the history of care over two centuries. The book benefits from a foreword by Mick Carpenter and will appeal to researchers and students interested in all aspects of the history of nursing and the history of care. The book is also designed to be accessible to practitioners and the general reader.

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The ‘pathology’ of childhood in late nineteenth-century London

. 24 The cohort of impaired children at the Waifs and Strays Society included both sexes but girls were in the overwhelming majority, accounting for 78% of those admitted with impairments. This is at variance with other studies of the period where impaired boys were more commonly institutionalised, 25 a state of affairs explained by the usefulness of young girls in the domestic environments of poor families where they were capable of completing simple

in Progress and pathology
Children, families and fatness in Ireland

immediately after the Second World War to the early years of this millennium (Perry et al., 2009), followed by a stabilisation and subsequent reduction in childhood obesity rates. In 2002 Whelton and colleagues (Whelton et al., 2007) compiled information on a sample of 17,499 children in the Republic of Ireland, aged 2 to 16 years. They reported that 28% of girls and 23% of boys were overweight, within which 7% of girls and 6% of boys were obese. The Irish Universities Nutrition Alliance (IUNA, 2005, 2008) reported studies (conducted in 2003–2004 and 2005–2006) of 5–12 year

in Reframing health and health policy in Ireland
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Nursing with the International Brigades in the Spanish Civil War, 1936–39

journals by doctors working near the front lines in Republican Spain.12 Another type of change was to have a notable sociological impact. Many of the qualified volunteer nurses were committed to passing on their expertise to others. As the care of patients in Spain had been traditionally the province of nuns and professional training for nurses was in its infancy, the transmission of nursing skills to the young untrained Spanish girls who came to work in the International Brigade medical units was of vital importance, both in practical and political terms, demonstrating

in One hundred years of wartime nursing practices, 1854–1953

is unclear if it was the Dresden Association that issued the first instructions for trainee baby nurses in Germany since their instructions are undated.14 The trainees were employed in the association’s baby hospital and polyclinic, but they could be called upon to serve as private nurses if required.15 The Dresden baby hospital trained its own nurses and deployed them as required. Schlossmann gave highest priority to the selection of trainee nurses.16 He believed that a girl was only suited to the profession if she fully appreciates the responsibility she bears in

in Histories of nursing practice
Nursing burned children in the Chicago School fire disaster, 1958

overcrowded ambulances, the staff carried children into the ER. They quickly triaged them and sent the most critical to the Operating Suite. Carol Louise and Pat Rice, third-year student nurses on duty that afternoon, were shocked by the severe injuries of a nine-year-old girl. Badly burned about the face and scalp, the girl’s features were waxy, white and swollen under layers of soot. When the student nurses cut off her clothes to evaluate her injuries the little girl was terrified. She alternately pleaded with them not to hurt her and begged them to help her. She cried

in Histories of nursing practice
Occupation and malingering in British asylum psychiatry, 1870–1914

, malingerers in the period 1870–1914 were thus largely represented as working class. In 1889, George Thorpe, a general practitioner in Walthamstow, commented indignantly on the case of a seventeen-year-old servant he had treated. This ‘healthy-looking country girl’ visited Thorpe on several occasions with an inflamed hand.59 The surgeon seems to have been suspicious from the outset, for ‘[h]er mistress informed me that the girl was not at all fond of work, and that she had a deal of trouble to get her to do it’.60 When Thorpe examined the hand he discovered a needle, which

in Work, psychiatry and society, c. 1750–2015
Dr Williams’ Pink Pills for Pale People and the hybrid pathways of Chinese modernity

Pills on the move The American folk-singer Pete Seeger tells a story about a girl who falls ill and is prescribed Dr Johnson's Pink Pills for Pale People by the doctor. Her father makes up a silly song for her while on the phone and is overheard by the inquisitive telephone wire, which replicates and disseminates the song to all its ‘friends’ until the communications infrastructure becomes so noisy that no one can hold a proper conversation. The government eventually cuts down the telephone poles and wires, throwing them overboard far from shore

in Progress and pathology