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Who Shall Take Care of Our Sick?

Roman Catholic Sisters and the Development of Catholic Hospitals in New York City

Bernadette McCauley

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This rich history chronicles the prominent role of Catholic women religious in establishing the hospitals at the core of New York City's extensive Catholic medical network. Beginning with the opening of St. Vincent's Hospital in 1849, Bernadette McCauley relates how determined and pragmatic women of faith worked over the next eighty years to place the Catholic Church in the mainstream of American medicine.

Exploring the differences and similarities between Catholic hospitals and other hospitals, McCauley describes the particular cultural sensibility and management style that informed Catholic…

This rich history chronicles the prominent role of Catholic women religious in establishing the hospitals at the core of New York City's extensive Catholic medical network. Beginning with the opening of St. Vincent's Hospital in 1849, Bernadette McCauley relates how determined and pragmatic women of faith worked over the next eighty years to place the Catholic Church in the mainstream of American medicine.

Exploring the differences and similarities between Catholic hospitals and other hospitals, McCauley describes the particular cultural sensibility and management style that informed Catholic health care and gauges the ultimate success of Catholic efforts.

Visionary sisters established, managed, and staffed the hospitals, and they sat on hospital boards and served as administrators at a time when women rarely occupied positions of leadership in business. McCauley illustrates how they at once embraced the world of God and the world of man, playing an unheralded role in the development of the modern hospital while serving the daily needs of New York's immigrant poor.

Encompassing such issues as immigration, the education of nurses and doctors, hospital care and organization, and the role of women in the Catholic church, this extensive study is a valuable resource for scholars and students in the history of medicine, history of nursing, American religion, and women's history.

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Those interested in Catholic America will discover much of value here, while students of women's experience will identify vital stages of women's accession to power.

A concise book which, contrary to many congregational histories, does not dwell on the peculiarities of individual institutions but on the essentials of an important social development.

Well written and well researched. It is appropriate for scholars in the history of medicine, nursing, labor, religion, and women and should be required reading for students in each of these disciplines.

Bernadette McCauley, in her slim volume... reinforces the saying, 'good things come in small packages.'

A well written book, and it is a welcome addition to the growing literature.

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160
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9780801882166
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9 halftones, 2 line drawings
Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. "A Climate New to Them": The Foundations
Chapter 2. "To Serve Both God and Man": The Sisters
Chapter 3. "Consoling Influences": Care and Treatment
Chapter 4. "Building in

Preface
Acknowledgments
Chapter 1. "A Climate New to Them": The Foundations
Chapter 2. "To Serve Both God and Man": The Sisters
Chapter 3. "Consoling Influences": Care and Treatment
Chapter 4. "Building in New York Is Very Expensive": Hospital Finances
Chapter 5. "Trust in God but Put Your Shoulder to the Wheel": Hospital Sisters and Modernization
Epilogue. "A Service So Dear"
Notes
Bibligraphy
Index

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Bernadette McCauley

Bernadette McCauley is an associate professor of history at Hunter College of the City University of New York.