Jewish Values: Lillian Wald: America’s Great Social and Healthcare Reformer

Place of Publication: 
Gretna, LA
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112 p.
This book should revive interest in Lillian Wald’s accomplishments. Wald (1867-1940) grew up in an assimilated Jewish family. While on a summer vacation, she decided to become a nurse, and applied to nursing school in New York City in 1889. After graduating, she served at the city’s Juvenile Asylum, which housed young criminals and neglected children. She was accepted at the Women’s Medical College but left there to serve the poor. With the help of Jacob Schiff and other wealthy donors, she founded the Henry Street Settlement and established the Visiting Nurses Service. Paul Kaplan describes the struggles Wald and her colleagues faced. The numerous photographs will help the reader appreciate the conditions under which these women worked, and the back matter includes notes, references, and an index.
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