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Hearts of Wisdom

American Women Caring for Kin, 1850-1940

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ISBN 9780674010154

Publication Date: 09/15/2002


336 pages


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  • Acknowledgments
  • Introduction
  • Part One: 1850–1890
    • 1. “Hot Flannels, Hot Teas, and a Great Deal of Care”: Emily Hawley Gillespie and Sarah Gillespie, 1858–1888
    • 2. An Overview of Nineteenth-Century Caregiving
    • 3. “Tried at the Quilting Bees”: Conflicts between “Old Ladies” and Aspiring Professionals
  • Part Two: 1890–1940
    • 4. A “Terrible and Exhausting” Struggle: Martha Shaw Farnsworth, 1890–1924
    • 5. “Just as You Direct”: Caregiver Translations of Medical Authority
    • 6. Negotiating Public Health Directives: Poor New Yorkers at the Turn of the Century
    • 7. Caregiving during the Great Depression: Mothers Seeking Children’s Health Care and American Indians Encountering Public Health Nurses
    • 8. “Very Dear to My Heart”: Confronting Labels of Feeblemindedness and Epilepsy
    • 9. “Like Ordinary Hearing Children”: Raising Offspring according to Oralist Dictates
  • Conclusion: The Uses of the Past
  • Notes
  • Index

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