Englishwoman's Domestic Magazine,  8 (1859–60), 176–79.

The Englishwoman in London: VI: Women and Workhouses  [6/11]



Essay, Serial


Medical Practitioners, Gender, Disease, Sanitation

    Insists that 'what Florence Nightingale effected for our sick, some unknown individual must arise and work out for these modern lazar-houses' (176). Notes how Nightingale's 'very shadow' benefited wounded soldiers 'as it flitted across the ward'. Argues that the 'actual presence of a Christian woman among the morally or the physically sick carries with it more weight and a worth that no gold can purchase, no man measure', and is more effective than a surgeon's 'drugs and skill'. Believes that the solution to the problem of workhouses is the 'bringing in of educated governors' who will replace 'government by fear' with a 'régime of love'. (179)

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