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Dr Williams’ Pink Pills for Pale People and the hybrid pathways of Chinese modernity

range of ills: anaemia, consumption, scrofula, rickets, fits, chronic erysipelas, bronchitis, lumbago, rheumatism, rheumatic gout, sciatica, eczema, paralysis, locomotor ataxy, neuralgia, St Vitus's Dance, and nervous headache. 16 This list of purported uses was not exhaustive, since other advertisements emphasised different sets of ailments. Another Illustrated London News advertisement from 1898, for example, claimed to have healed an ex-Royal Marines sergeant who had ‘suffered more than most men in a lifetime

in Progress and pathology

fancy dress ‘Variety Race’ and during a period of night duty, Harris persuaded another nurse to cover her duties until 3 a.m. so that she could attend a local English colonists’ dance, leaving at 2 a.m. to complete her duty. It seems she did not even stop to change into civilian clothes, claiming to have proudly worn her nurse’s uniform while indulging in ‘plenty of dancing’ and enjoying herself ‘immensely’ as it ‘was very jolly’.48 During their service in South Africa, nurses recorded their many varied excursions in their personal correspondence. They recorded their

in Colonial caring
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men in readiness to return to battle. Nursing sisters thus created a space for themselves in front-­line duties. The chapter demonstrates that the use of humour to support healing helped to dispel anxieties about impropriety in the ­encounter between young single women and vulnerable male 94 Nursing presence soldiers and to further support nurses’ presence in the masculine world of war. The chapter then examines the morale-­boosting presence of nurses outside the hospital ward as they became dance partners, dinner guests and potential wives for healthy male

in Negotiating nursing

Base Hospital Is Not a Coney Island Dance Hall’, presents a handful of clear examples of serious bullying on the part of medical officers, though it is unclear whether these can be viewed as typical.12 125 Professional women Julia Stimson’s ‘splendid women’ American nurse Julia Stimson appears to have had no difficulties in her relationships with medical officers. Her charismatic personality and apparently resolute refusal to see anything but good in any of her colleagues seems to have inoculated her against the problems encountered by some other senior nurses

in Nurse Writers of the Great War

relief services and instructed mothers how to care for their infants. She stated, ‘For Biafrans, this is a war for independence. We are fighting for our rights …. If they leave us alone, that is all we want.’54 In addition to meeting immediate needs for survival, this Biafran nun was working for her nation. The film also shows a white Irish nun embodying the idea of cultural change. Rather than criticising African dances, as missionaries did in the past, this nun joined in an African dance performed with Biafran women. She was Sister M.  Conrad Clifford, a Holy Rosary

in Colonial caring
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,660 ANC nurses served with the American Expeditionary Force in Europe’: Kimberly Jensen, ‘A Base Hospital Is Not a Coney Island Dance Hall: American Women Nurses, Hostile Work Environment, and Military Rank in the First World War’, Frontiers, 26.2 (2005): 206–35 (208–9). A very small number of volunteer nurses were incorporated into the US Army Medical Services. 95 Kimberly Jensen, ‘A Base Hospital Is Not a Coney Island Dance Hall’: 211. 96 Sarnecky, A History of the US Army Nurse Corps: 80–1. 97 Sarnecky, A History of the US Army Nurse Corps:  83. Brief histories of a

in Nurse Writers of the Great War

­report – ­Belsen Concentration Camp’, 3 (c. June 1945), IWM Documents 10541. 31 Brooks, ‘“The nurse stoops down … for me”’, 226; Reilly, ‘Cleaner, carer and occasional dance partner?’, 156. 32 Reilly, ‘Cleaner, carer and occasional dance partner?’, 156 33 Mary Copeland, in Barbara Mortimer, Sisters: Extraordinary True-Life Stories from Nurses in World War Two (London: Hutchinson, 2012), 227. 34 Mary Sands, ‘Notes on dealing with Belsen’ (April 1993), 6, MMM Belsen Concentration ­Camp – 1­ 945. For some reason, Sands calls Bergen-­Belsen, ‘Belsen-­Bergen’; it is

in Negotiating nursing

Component in Persecutory Delusions’. In 1938, Bender developed a method for testing the ‘perceptual problems of schizophrenic children’, in which she gave children gestalt figures to draw. 47 From the late 1930s, she began to test the responses of ‘schizophrenic’ children, arguing that their responses showed an ‘accelerated impulse to motion, action, whirling, dancing, and

in The metamorphosis of autism

.’ Amy danced off into the conservatory which opened out of the room, before the gaunt, pale, unwashed, unshaven weaver was ushered in. There he stood at the door sleeking his hair with old country habit, and every now and then stealing a glance round at the splendour of the apartment. ‘Well, Wilson, and what you want to-day, man?’ ‘Please, sir, Davenport's ill of the fever, and

in Payment and philanthropy in British healthcare, 1918–48
The origins and endurance of club regulation

Wilson, Tissue Culture in Science and Society: The Public Life of a Biological Technique in Twentieth Century Britain (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011) pp. 8–27. 62 On interwar attitudes to orthodox medicine, see Martin Pugh, We Danced all Night: A Social History of Britain Between the Wars (London: Vintage, 2009) pp. 37–42. 63 Anna K. Mayer, ‘A Combative Sense of Duty: Englishness and the Scientists’, in Christopher Lawrence and Anna K. Mayer (eds), 56 The making of British bioethics Regenerating England: Science, Medicine and Culture in Inter

in The making of British bioethics