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Clio Med. 2009;86:111-29.

Pariahs or partners? Welcome and unwelcome visitors in the Jenny Lind Hospital for Sick Children, Norwich, 1900-50.

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School of Nursing and Midwifery, University of East Anglia, Norwich.


The idea of 'visitors' when applied to hospitals may appear simple and uncontroversial: relatives or friends keeping the sick person company, lifting the spirits and offering support. The reality was more complex and challenging, particularly in the care of child patients. The Jenny Lind Hospital for Sick Children constantly evolved its relationship with visitors in the first half of the twentieth century. Two major variables are discussed in this chapter: the changing importance of the visitors themselves and the way in which the Jenny Lind defined and adapted its perspective on visitors and the nature of visiting.

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