Nursing the tropics: nurses as agents of imperial hygiene

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Mrs Francis Piggott proposed the Colonial Nursing Association in 1895 as a means of supplying Britain's colonies and dominions with trained professional nurses, who would support the health of white colonists abroad. Over 8400 nurses were placed between 1896 and the Association's end in 1966. Despite the burgeoning of scholarship on gender and empire over the last few decades, there is still more research to be done examining nurses as professional, working women, who present a fascinating variation on the figure of the woman traveler.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)338-341
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of public health (Oxford, England)
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2013


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