American colonial and missionary nurses in Puerto Rico, 1900–30
Winifred C. Connerton
) colonial administration in Puerto
Rico from 1900 to 1930, and highlights the ways US nurses embodied
those messages and participated in the Americanisation campaign.
In 1898, after the Spanish–American War, the US took possession of former Spanish colony, Puerto Rico. The transfer of colonial
administration of Puerto Rico from the Spanish to the US took place
on social, religious and governmental levels. The colonial and missionary administrators needed trained nurses to effectively run their
public health and hospital facilities. These same administrators also
(and to what extent) broader social trends had an impact on the figures of negligence cases.
The democratisation of scientific knowledge, and the availability of data and information, as well as the rise in popularity of so-called alternative medicines and hence the contestation of general medical practice, all seem to have encouraged patients to sue doctors more readily for negligence.
This chapter discusses medical