By Lynn McDonald
Quantity eight: Florence Nightingale on ladies, drugs, Midwifery and Prostitution makes on hand an excellent variety of Florence Nightingale’s paintings on ladies: her pioneering learn of maternal mortality in childbirth (Introductory Notes on Lying-in Institutions), her competition to the legislation of prostitution in the course of the Contagious ailments Acts (attempts to prevent the laws and another way to facilitate the voluntary remedy of syphilitic prostitutes), her perspectives on gender roles, marriage and measures for source of revenue protection for girls and excerpts from her draft (abandoned) novel. there's correspondence with girls buddies and co-workers from adolescence to previous age, on an enormous variety of topics. Correspondents contain outdated family members buddies, royal and striking personages, nuns and co-workers in quite a few explanations. so much of this fabric has no longer been released ahead of and a few letters wil be new even to Nightingale students. Altogether a really varied view of Nightingale emerges from what typically looks in biographies and different secondary resources. This fabric will permit a brand new overview of her feminism, her relatives with girls and her contribution to enhancing the prestige of ladies of her time. at present, Volumes 1 to eleven are available publication model via subscription or from collage and school libraries throughout the following owners: Canadian digital Library, Ebrary, MyiLibrary, and Netlibrary.
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Nightingale’s prediction, in 1859, that under the new Medical Act women would not be permitted in the regular medical schools in Blackwell’s lifetime was overly pessimistic (see p 29 below). But it was not until 1877 that the ﬁrst woman to graduate from a British medical school began practising in England, and the obstacles continued to be enormous. Recent commentators have tended to naïveté about professional relations between doctors and nurses, even criticizing Nightingale for making women nurses ‘‘subser vient’’ to male doctors, as if equal professional relations had previously existed.
1 Louisa Garrett Anderson, Elizabeth Garrett Anderson 286-87. Nightingale on Women / 17 To Dr Henr y Acland, Nightingale in 1869 stated that women should get ‘‘as thorough an education’’ as medical men (see p 51 below), but it was important to keep medicine and nursing distinct. She told him that she would have accepted, immediately after the Crimean War, his ‘‘noble offer’’ of a ‘‘female special certiﬁcate’’ for women, but later experience made her change her mind (see p 51 below). The two professions should be kept distinct; women who wanted to practise medicine should not see nursing training as a shortcut toward that goal.
This, of course is only a proof with suggested names, that I send you, but many have promised, and the ‘‘crosses’’ are pledged to a weekly meeting and conscientious work. The type will stand for some time, to admit of alterations; any suggestion will be thankfully received. Dear friend, the never-ceasing effort to make God’s laws the rule of life seems to me the only thing worth living for, and I do long to render good service to my dear native land. I remain, ver y tr uly yours E. Blackwell Elizabeth Garrett and ‘‘Hospital Nursing’’ Editor: The correspondence below was prompted by Dr Elizabeth Gar rett giving a paper at the National Association for the Promotion of Social Science, duly published15 and much taken up in the press.