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Gender, Technology and the New Woman$
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Lena Wånggren

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9781474416269

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: January 2018

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474416269.001.0001

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Medical New Women I: Nurses

Medical New Women I: Nurses

(p.101) Chapter 4 Medical New Women I: Nurses
Gender, Technology and the New Woman

Lena Wånggren

Edinburgh University Press

The fin de siècle involved not only a technological modernity, but also a medical modernity: the position of the nurse changed, female doctors set up practice, and new medical technologies and systems of knowledge came into use. The fourth chapter considers the medical New Women who, through new diagnostic tools as well as their admission to the institutional technology of the hospital, entered new spaces and roles as nurses. It locates the figure of the New Woman nurse as a fin de siècle figuration of the earlier Nightingale New Style nurse. Reading Grant Allen’s Hilda Wade, A Woman With Tenacity of Purpose (1900) as an intervention in a debate on hospital hierarchies, the chapter explores the role of modern medical technologies in the formation of notions of gender, knowledge and medical authority.

Keywords:   New Woman, Medicine, Hospital, Nursing, Medical technologies, Grant Allen, Florence Nightingale

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