The Victorian Hospital

The Victorian Hospital

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By (author) Lavinia Mitton

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  • Format: Paperback | 48 pages
  • Dimensions: 146mm x 202mm x 6mm | 141g
  • Publication date: 18 August 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Buckinghamshire
  • ISBN 10: 0747806969
  • ISBN 13: 9780747806967
  • Edition: 2
  • Edition statement: 2nd
  • Illustrations note: 11 B/W, 46 COLOR
  • Sales rank: 304,408

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Lavinia Mitton follows the changes in hospital treatment that took place during the Victorian era and explores the different types of hospitals that were available, from the celebrated specialist institutions served by famous surgeons to the appalling workhouse infirmaries where the patients were looked after by untrained pauper nurses. Illustrated with black and white drawings and photographs of the buildings, beds, waiting rooms and even ambulances that served the Victorian people, this book is a fascinating insight into the growth of hospitals and medical education, and the advances in surgery and nursing that closed the gap between the 1830s hospital and the establishments that we are familiar with today.

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Author information

Lavinia Mitton is a lecturer in social policy at the University of Kent. She is a graduate of the University of Oxford, where she studied at Somerville College. She obtained an MSc at Wolfson College, Oxford, and specialized in the social history of medicine. She has worked as a researcher at the University of Cambridge, where she also tutored students in economic history. She authored this book while writing a doctoral thesis on the history of social policy at the London School of Economics.

Table of contents

Introduction Voluntary Hospitals Hospitals and Medical Science The Revolution in Nursing Specialist and Cottage Hospitals Poor Law Infirmaries Hospitals for Infectious Diseases Asylums Convalescent Hospitals Military and Naval Hospitals Victorian Hospitals Today Further Reading Places to Visit Index