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The Triumph of Proximity: The Impact of District Nursing Schemes in 1890s’ Rural Ireland

The Triumph of Proximity: The Impact of District Nursing Schemes in 1890s’ Rural Ireland The Triumph of Proximity: The Impact of District Nursing Schemes in 1890s’ Rural Ireland Ciara Breathnach University of Limerick In February 1900, Father John P. Connelly, the Roman Catholic parish priest of Achill Island, County Mayo, wrote to the Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Institute for Nurses in Dublin, pleading for funds to retain the island’s Jubilee nurse. Emotively, he claimed that the year before she arrived, there had been 24 maternal deaths and “scarcely any since she came her Irvine e.” Loudon has advocated both broad and micro approaches to the study of maternal mor - tal ity to problematize official statistics. In this article, I present a micro-study of Achill Island, which provides a good example of a community that availed of a diverse “medical marketplace” and used modern, patent, and traditional medicine alike. The aims are to provide insight into the complicated patient– practitioner relationship and the impact district nursing made on maternal health in rural Ireland. I begin by providing an overview of the architecture of the public health-care system and how it applied to Achill Island. Within the public health framework and in the wider context of extreme poverty, it is highly likely that maternity cases http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

The Triumph of Proximity: The Impact of District Nursing Schemes in 1890s’ Rural Ireland

Nursing History Review , Volume 26 (1): 15 – Jan 1, 2018

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1062-8061
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10.1891/1062-8061.26.1.68
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The Triumph of Proximity: The Impact of District Nursing Schemes in 1890s’ Rural Ireland Ciara Breathnach University of Limerick In February 1900, Father John P. Connelly, the Roman Catholic parish priest of Achill Island, County Mayo, wrote to the Queen Victoria’s Jubilee Institute for Nurses in Dublin, pleading for funds to retain the island’s Jubilee nurse. Emotively, he claimed that the year before she arrived, there had been 24 maternal deaths and “scarcely any since she came her Irvine e.” Loudon has advocated both broad and micro approaches to the study of maternal mor - tal ity to problematize official statistics. In this article, I present a micro-study of Achill Island, which provides a good example of a community that availed of a diverse “medical marketplace” and used modern, patent, and traditional medicine alike. The aims are to provide insight into the complicated patient– practitioner relationship and the impact district nursing made on maternal health in rural Ireland. I begin by providing an overview of the architecture of the public health-care system and how it applied to Achill Island. Within the public health framework and in the wider context of extreme poverty, it is highly likely that maternity cases

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2018

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