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A history of the Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo, New York, 1848-1900.


A history of the Sisters of Charity Hospital, Buffalo, New York, 1848-1900.

Richardson, Jean.

Edwin Mellen Pr.


213 pages



Roman Catholic studies; v.26


Buffalo, New York was a city without a hospital in 1848, a situation made more critical by the rising tide of immigrants. What the city fathers could not do was accomplished by three Sisters of Charity in about three months: they founded and began operating a hospital, leading to a network of social welfare institutions. Richardson (history and social science education, State U. of New York) examines how, in an era when women were just starting their fight for equal rights and the Catholic church was said to personify paternalism, the Sisters were able to govern themselves, the employees of the hospital (including doctors), and the care of patients so successfully. She describes the role of immigration, the state of the medical community, the process of attaining control by the Sisters, financial and health crises, modernization, and the triumph of opening a new nursing school.

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