In the early years of University Hospital, the surgical ward was where patients rested and recuperated after surgeries. Recuperation times were generally several days but could be weeks, depending on the operation. Early nurses were taught to make sure the patients rested and moved as little as possible. Notice the patient along the right who is in traction. Louisa Parsons, the School’s founder, is the second nurse on the right.

Surgical ward at University Hospital, 1890.

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