London: Whitehead Morris & Co., 1897. 4th Edition, Ninth Thousand. Association copy, with Holland's daughter's signature. 39, [1 (blank)] pp. 8vo. 8-1/2" x 5-1/2". Black paper wrappers, with white lettering, stapled. Average wear. Prior owner signature ["Lucy K Holland"]. Very Good. Item #43244
Holland, active in social service & having worked as a director of the Popular Hospital, in 1896, at the suggestion of Miss Eva Luckes, matron of the London Hospital, applied for the London Hospital committee; in the same year he was elected chairman, an office he continued until his death. His fame rests on those thirty-five years. An obituary notice in The Times asserted: "He was much more than ‘the Prince of Beggars’ who raised £5,000,000 for the ‘London’. He was practically the founder of modern hospital efficiency. He raised the whole standard of nursing and hospital work from a very low to a very high level." (The Times, 28 July 1931). As chairman, he introduced drastic reforms in nursing at the hospital and built a new nurses' home next door. Although not medically trained, he was a public champion of progressive medicine, often speaking on the subject in the Lords. [ODNB].
Here, in this talk to his nurses one year after becoming Chairman, Holland exhorts his nurses to excel in their profession, for 'no money or energy can put the nursing right if it be bad." He continues by explaining his work philosophy for his nursing staff, and offers 14 points to follow in improving the hospital's nursing efforts.
A now scarce Nursing item, with OCLC recording just the 1905 edition, mostly in microform.