Harriett Cater: Diary, 1878-1897

Scope and Content

Ms diary dated January 1878 at University Hospital, with spasmodic entries to 26 August 1897, covering her nursing duties both private and within the hospital, with few details of her experiences, note of her training as a monthly nurse at the Lying-in Hospital (October 1880), taking charge of men in a convalescent home in Eastbourne (July – September 1881), births attended from September 1881, training for the midwifery exam in July 1883 at the Lying-in Hospital, York Road, attending a presentation ceremony at Marlborough House by the Princess of Wales of certificates as Members of the Pension Fund for Nurses, visits overseas, entertainment, and artificial feeding of babies, giving a good picture of life as a monthly and regular nurse to upper classes around the country, receiving a second opinion in a case of intoxicated septicaemia from Dr Lloyd Roberts, and attending deliveries by Sir Francis Champneys.

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