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Pictured: The Nurses library pictured at St Bartholomew's Hospital in 1890<br />
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These rarely seen photos which provide a fascinating insight into British nursing in late 19th century feature in a new book.<br />
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They reveal how the all-action nurses not only cared for patients but also prepared meals for them and did their laundry.<br />
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Such was their ferocious work ethic, it is perhaps surprising they had time to be pictured sitting down together in the nurses dining room.<br />
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One photo shows trainee nurses during a bandaging class, while another is of a busy male ward.<br />
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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.