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Nursing older people in British hospitals, 1945–80
Jane Brooks

staff geriatric wards – ‘a lot of the care relied on students being there’ – and remarked how placement on the geriatric ward could be used as a form of punishment for misdemeanours.83 In her study of care provision for older people, Doreen Norton confirmed the role of the geriatric ward as a place of punishment for ‘[nurses] who had displeased in some way … or those who were considered physically unfit or clinically unsafe to work elsewhere’.84 The association of the geriatric ward with punishment or ineptitude further exacerbated the low status attributed to

in Histories of nursing practice
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Workplace and suburban neurosis in the interwar period
Jill Kirby

the researchers with many unanswered questions regarding the effectiveness of nervous people and the difficulties they faced in adapting to ‘the ordinary economic environment’. 41 A report on the IHRB research in the British Journal of Medical Psychology concluded that just as some people were physically unfit for certain occupations and were therefore denied them, some were ‘temperamentally unsuited for particular conditions, and they should be diverted into occupations suitable for them’. However, it noted that ‘Much more work is needed for more definite

in Feeling the strain
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Carol Acton and Jane Potter

and Where It Fell (London: Methuen & Co., 1902) offers ‘an outline of the recent war, from the standpoint of the women and children’, and describes the destruction of homes, relief work, life and death in the camps, and agitation in England for humane treatment of the ‘enemy’. A royal commission charged with investigating how the war was handled catalogued a lack of army intelligence, mismanaged hospitals and sickly working-class volunteers. The Inter-Departmental Committee on Physical Deterioration found that 60 per cent of all recruits were physically unfit to

in Working in a world of hurt