A Woman's Own Charity
Gender, Mental Illness, Hospitals
Discusses an appeal by Louisa Twining on behalf of St Luke's Home for Incurable Women. Describes some of the ways in which women are deemed to be 'incurable', including their tendency to be 'incurable chatterboxes', their 'incurably extravagant' tastes, and their inability to be cured of 'their whims'. However, notes that the trajectory of 'crinolinomania' demonstrates that women's maladies may subside. Concludes by noting how much Twining has received in subscriptions, and explains that supporting her cause will allow incurable diseases to be 'palliated'.
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