Excerpt from On the Employment of Trained Nurses Among the Labouring Poor: Considered Chiefly in Relation to Sanitary Reform and the Arts of Life
During the last ten years I have seen much of the sick poor, not only in hospital practice, but at their own homes; and I have, therefore, had frequent opportunities of witnessing their distressed and help less position when attacked with severe illness. The visits and gifts of the charitable are too uncertain and irregular to be of much real service, and are, besides, not calculated to meet the most pressing difficulties of their condition. What is most wanted is knowledge and skill to apply methodically the means at hand, and to place the sufferers in the most favourable position for recovery. I have eu deavoured in the following pages to show the meces sity that exists for an organised system of nursing, and which, if fairly carried out, would, I believe, he attended with permanent good results for it would combine effective assistance with practical instruo tion in the laws of health and the arts of life.
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