By Dianne Dodd, Deborah Gorham
This number of essays takes the reader from the early nineteenth century fight among girl midwives and male physicians correct as much as the overdue twentieth century emergence of professionally educated girls physicians vying for a spot within the clinical hierarchy. The sour clash for keep watch over of birthing and different elements of household overall healthiness care among lady lay healers, quite midwives, and the rising male-dominated clinical career is tested from new views.
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Extra info for Caring and Curing: Historical Perspectives on Women and Healing in Canada (Social Sciences)
As such, they would be subject to the authority of elite laywomen, rather than part of a gendered medical hierarchy. The name chosen by the National Council for these workers also implied a lack of social hierarchy. As James Hammerton has argued, in the rhetoric of late nineteenth-century imperialism a home help was a domestic servant of equal social rank to the family in which she served. 55 By calling their workers "home helpers," National Council women hoped to neutralize any association of the order with urban poor relief.
Members of the Victorian Order were now no longer the agents of middle-class women's organized benevolence, but rather heroines and co-workers in their own right. In their jubilee address to Queen Victoria, National Council women remarked, Your Majesty's reign has been marked by a material and social progress unparalleled in any age of the world. . Coincident with this movement and inherent in it is that single and momentous advance in thought and opinion which has so heightened the ideas and enlarged the possibilities for women.
And, like the HELPERS OR HEROINES ? " No person is so degraded, so destitute, so sunk in the filth and wretchedness, as to be beyond the ministrations of the district nurse. It is part of her business to restore them to the decencies of life, and her training shows her how to do it in the easiest and best way. It was not the job of the district nurse to dispense relief, however. "75 As this statement suggests, at the turn of the century, the National Council of Women continued to reject a male professional standard to validate the work of middle-class women.
Caring and Curing: Historical Perspectives on Women and Healing in Canada (Social Sciences) by Dianne Dodd, Deborah Gorham