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Medieval Nursing

Medieval Nursing VERN L. BULLOUGH Deparunent of History and Social Studies SUM College, Bmo BONNIE BULEOUGH Depamnent of Nursing SUNY Cdlege, Buffdo What was thc rok of nursing in mediwal hosphah? Were nurses simply doing maid's &or were they really caring forthe sick in thesensedm the tcrm&ngisnowusadamongrmrses2Altbughhistoriafisare~to admit that some actual nursing mre tmk pkc in thc dtval hmpids, they have @y held that the hospitals were prhdy poorhouses, ody iaciden~ypm~gcarefor~~k~Thcse~mthatbefore the devdopnmt of "scidc hospitals were primarily religious and &table himions zlnd tbat the amdam had no need ofany swat kno~ledge.~ Part of the problem with such a stanq however, is is it stems fi.om hospital h%mk that fmwd on physicians, many of them using the Arne& hospitals ofthe hst halfofthe rwdeth cemuy as the norm. Traditionally, howcvcr, the physiaan's mlc in the prc-twentieth-cmtury hospital was ovmhadowcd by &r health m-c workers. Medical ideology ofthc past differed from that ofday, but it seems clear that, by the mndards ofscience of the time, the hospital nurses were acquainted with mcdical thcuries. Linda McCray Beier summed up traditional hismries of medicine dm tended to downplay the role ofmmw and der hdth professid: Until faitIy recentfy traditional malical history satistied the mxb of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

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VERN L. BULLOUGH Deparunent of History and Social Studies SUM College, Bmo BONNIE BULEOUGH Depamnent of Nursing SUNY Cdlege, Buffdo What was thc rok of nursing in mediwal hosphah? Were nurses simply doing maid's &or were they really caring forthe sick in thesensedm the tcrm&ngisnowusadamongrmrses2Altbughhistoriafisare~to admit that some actual nursing mre tmk pkc in thc dtval hmpids, they have @y held that the hospitals were prhdy poorhouses, ody iaciden~ypm~gcarefor~~k~Thcse~mthatbefore the devdopnmt of "scidc hospitals were primarily religious and &table himions zlnd tbat the amdam had no need ofany swat kno~ledge.~ Part of the problem with such a stanq however, is is it stems fi.om hospital h%mk that fmwd on physicians, many of them using the Arne& hospitals ofthe hst halfofthe rwdeth cemuy as the norm. Traditionally, howcvcr, the physiaan's mlc in the prc-twentieth-cmtury hospital was ovmhadowcd by &r health m-c workers. Medical ideology ofthc past differed from that ofday, but it seems clear that, by the mndards ofscience of the time, the hospital nurses were acquainted with mcdical thcuries. Linda McCray Beier summed up traditional hismries of medicine dm tended to downplay the role ofmmw and der hdth professid: Until faitIy recentfy traditional malical history satistied the mxb of

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1993

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