The Montreal Maternity, 1843-1926: Evolution of a Hospital

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Title
The Montreal Maternity, 1843-1926: Evolution of a Hospital
Abstract
An examination of the changing attitudes within and towards the Montreal Maternity Hospital between its opening in 1843 by McGill University's Faculty of Medicine and the end of the nineteenth century. When it first opened, the Montreal Maternity attracted mostly poor working-class women who entered the hospital because of its commitment to social assistance rather than because it offered superior medical care. The hospital's educational function, whereby medical students learned clinical obstetrics, was largely undeveloped. By the end of the century, the author points out, the hospital had changed substantially. The Montreal Maternity began to attract wealthy middle-class women (who were accommodated in private wards) along with working-class patients. Programs for clinical training of medical students and nurses were reorganized and made more demanding. Developments in obstetrical therapeutics served both to improve hospital death rates and to encourage the hospitalization of birth, by making it a much more medically-oriented event.
Type
Master's Thesis
University
McGill University
Place
Montreal
Date
1983
Language
en
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Citation
Kenneally, Rhona Richman. “The Montreal Maternity, 1843-1926: Evolution of a Hospital.” Master’s Thesis, McGill University, 1983. http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/thesescanada/vol1/QMM/TC-QMM-63090.pdf.
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