Liverpool: A. Holden (et al.), 1865. First Edition. 8vo. , 9-103 pp. With frontispiece and 1 plate (both depicting the Liverpool Nurses' Training School). Original flexible blue cloth, upper cover stamped in gilt with price: 2/6 (spine repaired, covers soiled, title-page and frontispiece toned and tipped in). Good. Item #3290
DEDICATED TO FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE, WHO WROTE THE INTRODUCTION, AND WHOSE WRITINGS ARE FOUND THROUGHOUT THE TEXT.
It is well known that Florence Nightingale founded the first school for nurses, at St. Thomas Hospital in 1860. In the same year, in response to the ghastly poverty and sickness that was rampant throughout Liverpool, William Rathbone wrote to Nightingale for guidance. Nightingale advised him to start a nurse training school and home for nurses attached to the Royal Infirmary in Liverpool; with typical Victorian organization and energy, the Nursing School was built by May 1863. The present volume gives a full account of its foundation and operation.
"Liverpool was not alone in experiencing such poverty however and district nursing associations soon spread to other industrial cities -- to Manchester in 1864, Derby in 1865, Leicester in 1867, and the East London Nursing Association began in 1868. [...] The Victorian district nursing movement was characterised by several long running debates, which had their roots in views about social class and the role of working women. It took time, experimentation and organisation for the training of district nurses to become established. This coincided with an era of great advances in medical science and new ideas about the emancipation of women into paid occupations." (Queen's Nursing Institute Heritage, online).
Bishop & Goldie, Biobibliography of Florence Nightingale, no. 14.