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The late Matron Wardroper (1892)

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 02 December 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b2096

I saw her first in October, 1854, when the expedition of nurses was sent to the Crimean war. She had been then nine months matron of the great hospital in London, of which for thirty-three years she remained head and reformer of the nursing. Training was then unknown. The only nurse worthy of the name that could be given to that expedition, though several were supplied, was a “sister “ who had been pensioned some time …

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