Women in Medicine

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  • Women in Medicine
    • Nursing
      • Bad reputation - for drinking
      • No qualifications
      • Not for respectable women - unattractive
    • Florence Nightingale
      • In the Crimea
        • Appalled by dirty conditions
        • Concentrated on cleaning the hospital and patients
        • Wrote to the British government about the conditions and gained supplies
        • Death rate fell from 40% to 2%
      • After the Crimea
        • Newspapers label her 'lady with the lamp'
        • 800 page report for the government
        • Fresh air, clean supplies and daylight in hospitals - Improved conditions
        • Raised money, built a new ward and wrote a book then awarded the order of merit
      • Before the Crimean War
        • Wealthy family disgusted by nursing career
        • Trained in Germany
        • Superintendent in London hospital
    • Doctors
      • Elizabeth Garrett was influenced and influenced others by getting qualifications and helping others
      • Elizabeth Blackwell trained to be a doctor and came to work in England and had to be accepted as she had the qualifications
    • Mary Seacole
      • In the Crimea
        • Set up her 'British hotel' giving wounded soldiers food and drink and bandaged wounds
        • Bravery - helped the wounded whilst fighting continued
        • Highly respected amongst the soldiers
      • After the Crimea
        • Returned with no money
        • Newspapers tried to raise money for her but were unsuccessful because of Florence Nightingale stories
        • No one tried to use her ideas
      • Before the Crimea
        • Knowledgeable healer and midwife in Jamaica
        • More experience from cholera outbreak and gunshot wounds
        • Volunteered in Britain but not accepted because of skin colour


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