Say Little, Do Much: Nursing, Nuns, and Hospitals in the Nineteenth Century

Say Little, Do Much: Nursing, Nuns, and Hospitals in the Nineteenth Century

by Sioban Nelson
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0812217837

ISBN-13: 9780812217834

Pub. Date: 09/28/2003

Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.

In the nineteenth century, more than a third of American hospitals were established and run by women with religious vocations. In Say Little, Do Much, Sioban Nelson casts light on the work of these women's religious communities. According to Nelson, the popular view that nursing invented itself in the second half of the nineteenth century is historically

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In the nineteenth century, more than a third of American hospitals were established and run by women with religious vocations. In Say Little, Do Much, Sioban Nelson casts light on the work of these women's religious communities. According to Nelson, the popular view that nursing invented itself in the second half of the nineteenth century is historically inaccurate and dismissive of the major advances in the care of the sick as a serious and skilled activity, an activity that originated in seventeenth-century France with Vincent de Paul's Daughters of Charity.

In this comparative, contextual, and critical work, Nelson demonstrates how modern nursing developed from the complex interplay of the Catholic emancipation in Britain and Ireland, the resurgence of the Irish Church, the Irish diaspora, and the mass migrations of the German, Italian, and Polish Catholic communities to the previously Protestant strongholds of North America and mainland Britain. In particular, Nelson follows the nursing Daughters of Charity through the French Revolution and the Second Empire, documenting the relationship that developed between the French nursing orders and the Irish Catholic Church during this period. This relationship, she argues, was to have major significance for the development of nursing in the English-speaking world.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812217834
Publisher:
University of Pennsylvania Press, Inc.
Publication date:
09/28/2003
Series:
Studies in Health, Illness, and Caregiving
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. "Say Little, Do Much": Veils of Invisibility—Nursing Nuns1
2. Martha's Turn: Vowed Women and Virtuous Work11
3 Free Enterprise and Resourcefulness: An American Success
Story—The Daughters of Charity in the Northeast32
4 Behind Enemy Lines: Religious Nursing in England—
Conflicts and Solutions56
5 At the Margins of the Empire: Religious Wars in the
Hospital Wards of Colonial Sydney80
6. Frontier: "The Means to Begin Are None"100
7 Crossing the Confessional Divide: German Catholic and
Protestant Nurses126
8. The Twentieth Century: "Every Day Life Got Smaller"151
Abbreviations165
Notes167
Bibliography213
Index227
Acknowledgments235

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