Biography of Lillian Wald, daughter of well-to-do German-Jewish and Polish-Jewish parents, born in Rochester about 1867....

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LILLIAN WALD: Angel of Henry Street

Biography of Lillian Wald, daughter of well-to-do German-Jewish and Polish-Jewish parents, born in Rochester about 1867. Neither her background nor her finishing school education seemed to indicate the great work she was to do. She lied about her age in order to gain admittance into the New York Hospital as a student nurse. Then she studied medicine. During these years she lectured East Side women on hygiene and cleanliness, and gained her first glimpse of conditions among immigrants. Shocked and moved, she persuaded Mrs. Loeb and Jacob Schiff into letting her, along with another nurse, move into the area to help better the conditions. It proved a colossal task, which became the basis of the Henry St. Settlement, the Visiting Nurse service, and the power behind the effort to abolish sweat shops, pass child labor legislation, bills for slum clearance, better housing, and so on. A bit slow in spots, but interesting. Double value on career book shelf.

Pub Date: Oct. 1, 1948

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Publisher: Messner

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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1, 1948