By Margaret Currie
This good researched publication offers an engaging research of the advance of fever hospitals and fever nursing, normally in 19th and 20th century Britain. It presents new insights into the advance of nursing roles and nurse schooling and appears on the lives of key figures at the moment. The textual content examines how this as soon as very important department of the nursing occupation emerged within the 19th century, simply to be discarded within the moment half the subsequent century. Drawing at the paintings of Goffman and Foucault, the research exhibits how, aided by way of scientific advances, fever nurses remodeled their custodial tasks right into a healing position and the way education schemes have been carried out to enhance the recruitment and retention of nurses. As criteria of residing more desirable and patient’s probabilities of restoration elevated, many fever hospitals grew to become redundant and fever nurses have been not required. The knowledge of making fever hospitals after which disbanding them is wondered within the mild of adjusting disorder styles, foreign commute and the probability posed via organic struggle.
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As some Institutions and the evolution of nursing care 19 large city fever hospitals had 500–1,000 beds, the average of 41 beds cited indicates that small hospitals had an extremely low number, which did not augur well for efficiency or proper nursing care. Brian Abel-Smith commented on the variable size and quality of these institutions in 1964. For example in 1911, Liverpool had a splendid fever hospital for nearly a thousand patients, but large areas of England and Wales still made do with a primitive cottage or shed.
D. ), p. 196. Scarletina (scarlet fever) is usually spelt scarlatina. 11 Sworder (1893). 12 Annual Report, MOH, Borough of Luton, 1936, p. 97. 13 Cook, and Stevenson (1988), p. 55. 14 Richardson (1998), pp. 133–34. 15 Cashman (1988), p. 25. 16 Currie (1982), pp. 34, 38. 17 Richardson (1998), p. 1. 18 Ayers (1971), pp. 61–62, 97, 274. See Figure 5 following p. 370. Ayers fails to include the Fountain Hospital (1893) in the list given on p. 274, but does mention it on p. 97 as a makeshift hospital.
Of beds Average no. of beds 755 Fever hospitals 31,149 41 700 Poor Law infirmaries 94,001 134 594 General hospitals 31,329 53 363 Smallpox hospitals 7,972 22 222 Special hospitals 13,654 62 Source: Forty-fourth Annual Report of the Local Government Board, 1914–1915, Part III—(a) Public Health and Local Administration, London: HMSO, 1916, Cd 8197, pp. 26–27. in their existing isolation hospital, or changed its use to include a purpose-built sanatorium, while others founded a new sanatorium on a different site.