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Christianity and Social Service in Modern BritainThe Disinherited Spirit$
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Frank Prochaska

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780199539796

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199539796.001.0001

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(p.123) 5 Nursing
Christianity and Social Service in Modern Britain

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The Victorian medical profession's inability to cure patients or to offer an explanation for death gave strength to religion. This chapter focuses on district nursing, which developed rapidly in the nineteenth century under Christian supervision. It gives special attention given to the Ranyard Mission and its Bible Nurses. With the advances in medicine, the tension between science and religion increased and the Christian message became weakened and diffused. Once the state became interested in registering and regulating nurses, district nursing, like nursing generally, gradually transformed in ideological, professional, and administrative terms.

Keywords:   nurses, district nursing, religion, Ranyard Mission, Bible nurses, state regulation, scientific medicine

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