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Pictured: The book, A History of Nursing by Louise Wyatt
These rarely seen photos which provide a fascinating insight into British nursing in late 19th century feature in a new book.
They reveal how the all-action nurses not only cared for patients but also prepared meals for them and did their laundry.
Such was their ferocious work ethic, it is perhaps surprising they had time to be pictured sitting down together in the nurses dining room.
One photo shows trainee nurses during a bandaging class, while another is of a busy male ward.
The images are published in A History of Nursing, by former nurse Louise Wyatt who has charted the development of nursing from antiquity and the Middle Ages to the present day.