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    Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia

    The Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia was founded in 1886 with the goal of providing nursing care for the sick in their own homes. Nurses helped tend to many of Philadelphia's poorest residents, including immigrants from Europe and African-Americans from the South. More on this collection can be found at the Barbara Bates Center's website at http://www.nursing.upenn.edu/history


    Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia

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    Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia nurse, c.1947. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    Three nurses wearing dresses nurses uniforms from different eras pose at the 100th anniversary celebration of the Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia, 1986. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    A ceramic plaque of the Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia, c. 1980. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    Nurse bathes an infant with the help of the mother, Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia, c. 1957. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    Visiting Nurse Geraldine Dubbs fits a leg brace on a young girl, Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia, c. 1958. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    Visiting Nurse Pera uses subway to travel between home visits, Community Nursing Services of Philadelphia, c. 1964. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    A Philadelphia store window display celebrating the Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia, 1965. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    Visiting nurses leave their offices at the Starr Centre Association of Philadelphia to begin their rounds, c. 1958. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    Visiting Nurse Pera meets with a family outside their home to discuss the health of their children, Community Nursing Services of Philadelphia, c. 1964. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    Child, age 3, shows Visiting Nurse Pera her sick doll and asks her to make it better, Community Nursing Services of Philadelphia, c. 1964. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    Visiting nurse cares for two patients diagnosed with tuberculosis, Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia, c. 1916. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    Visiting Nurse takes pulse of young boy diagnosed with typhoid fever, Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia, 1919. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    Visiting Nurse Pera walks with young boy after she visits his mother, Community Nursing Services of Philadelphia, c.1964. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    Visiting nurses leaving the Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia office for daily rounds, c.1930. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    Visiting nurse chatting with elderly woman and neighborhood children. Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia, 1925. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    Visiting nurse at an elementary school examines a child's eyes, Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia, c.1910. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    Mrs. Isodore Kohn, Miss Dorothy Wilson, and Dr. Concetta Lippa at the 75th anniversary of the Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia, 1961. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    Visiting nurse demonstrates syringe technique, Community Nursing Services of Philadelphia, c.1950. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    A window display advertising the Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia, c.1940. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    A patient sews as part of occupational therapy, Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia, c. 1946. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    Visiting Nurse Pera holds a newborn infant in a patient's kitchen, Community Nursing Services of Philadelphia, c.1964. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    Visiting nurse holds "Fifty Years of Service" sign for the cover of a pamphlet celebrating the Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia's anniversary, 1936. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    Visiting nurse cares for a newborn while the mother recovers in bed, Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia, c. 1910. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    Visiting nurse instructs mothers on how to care for children. Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia, c. 1912. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    Handmade rugs and baskets made by patients of the Visiting Nurse Society of Philadelphia for occupational therapy lined up for sale. Proceeds of the sale given to patients, 1921. Image courtesy of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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