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Doctors and Nurses in the London Teaching Hospitals: Class, Gender, Religion, and Professional Expertise, 1850–1890

Doctors and Nurses in the London Teaching Hospitals: Class, Gender, Religion, and Professional... Doctors and Nurses in the London Teaching Hospitals Class, Gender, Religion, and Professional Expertise, r85o-1890 CAROL HBLMSTADTER Ontario Nurses' Association Toronto, Ontario Introduction "Powtecn years ago, when I began nursing," Miss Eva Liickcs, the formi- dable matron ofthe London Hospid explaid in 1890, %re was a great dcal of conflict bem doctors and trained nurscs." Ad inked, in the medical and nun& jo& of the IS7m and x880s, uDocm~ and Nurses" was a common title of artides dkcushg what the proper relationsbip should be between the two profkssions. Miss Eck believed that the problem arose from the fact that the two lines of work were not sharply difkentiatcd, and that it was resolved when the distinction between the two professi~ns was clearly drawn.' In the kt halfof the century, howwer, when doctors werc pressing hospiml admhkmom to hd them more 6- 5cient nurses, the doctor-nurse relations@ was characterkd less by can- flict than by dissatisfaction, The rise of dinid medicine and the &raW tramformation of the hospid from an institution on the fringes of orderly soaety to an academic and medical o~tion made good nursing increasiugly valuable to the doctors. At the bcghiq of the century the London -ding http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Doctors and Nurses in the London Teaching Hospitals: Class, Gender, Religion, and Professional Expertise, 1850–1890

Nursing History Review , Volume 5 (1): 37 – Jan 1, 1997

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Doctors and Nurses in the London Teaching Hospitals Class, Gender, Religion, and Professional Expertise, r85o-1890 CAROL HBLMSTADTER Ontario Nurses' Association Toronto, Ontario Introduction "Powtecn years ago, when I began nursing," Miss Eva Liickcs, the formi- dable matron ofthe London Hospid explaid in 1890, %re was a great dcal of conflict bem doctors and trained nurscs." Ad inked, in the medical and nun& jo& of the IS7m and x880s, uDocm~ and Nurses" was a common title of artides dkcushg what the proper relationsbip should be between the two profkssions. Miss Eck believed that the problem arose from the fact that the two lines of work were not sharply difkentiatcd, and that it was resolved when the distinction between the two professi~ns was clearly drawn.' In the kt halfof the century, howwer, when doctors werc pressing hospiml admhkmom to hd them more 6- 5cient nurses, the doctor-nurse relations@ was characterkd less by can- flict than by dissatisfaction, The rise of dinid medicine and the &raW tramformation of the hospid from an institution on the fringes of orderly soaety to an academic and medical o~tion made good nursing increasiugly valuable to the doctors. At the bcghiq of the century the London -ding

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Published: Jan 1, 1997

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