This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text.
Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book
(without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated.
1856 Excerpt: ...infirmary. They deemed it "most difficult, if
desirable, to control" such admissions. Such being the case (ran
their argument) why not also place under their care, the County
Infirmaries and the other Fever Hospitals, which profess to be
reserved for the same class--that above " paupers?" Thus, they
first broke down the barrier between pauperism and comparative
independence, and then made their own act a pretext for including
all public medical aid in one department, under their own
direction. In offering to cater for a respectable class of society,
industrious and generally self-supporting, but with incomes
insufficient to purchase medical attendance, the Irish
Commissioners ignored principles which had always been asserted by
the wisest economists in England--namely, that this portion of the
population ought never, if possible, to be brought into contact
with the Board of Guardians, or with the officers and regulations
of such Boards; and that it is a class for which hospitals--not
being workhouses--are specially adapted, as having no tendency to
weaken habits of frugality and self-reliance.f Yet it was a
favourite notion of the Commissioners to admit artisans, domestic
servants, small farmers, shopkeepers, the constabulary, &c.,
into these Union hospitals, under a separate registration, and on
the condition of their contributing " the whole or some part
(according to the judgment of the managing committee in each
individual case) of the average personal cost of maintenance in the
institution."J See their Second Annual Report, 31, p. 13. + It was
well said by the opponents of the Poor-Law plan, that " the Irish
infirmaries have their analogies, in similar institutions, in every
civilized country in the world, ...
Is the information for this product incomplete, wrong or inappropriate?
Let us know about it.
Does this product have an incorrect or missing image?
Send us a new image.
Is this product missing categories?
Add more categories.
Review This Product
No reviews yet - be the first to create one!