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a room to which a sick person is confined

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If Julia Stephen deliberately emphasizes the "art of nursing" in Notes from Sickrooms, in "On Being Ill," Virginia Woolf offers up her own meditation on her mother's corresponding phrase, the "art of being ill" which, as presented in the nursing manual, intimates that illness is a performance perfected by the patient to great dramatic effect: "The art of being ill is no easy one to learn, but it is practiced to perfection by many of the greatest sufferers" (emphasis added, 217).
Describing the practice of midwife Martha Ballard of Hallowell, Maine, between 1785 and 1812, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich notes that in this community, "female healers move in and out of sickrooms unannounced, as though their presence there were the most ordinary thing in the world" (61).
at 61 (observing that "female healers move[d] in and out of sickrooms unannounced, as though their presence there were the most ordinary thing in the world.
It is a duty not to shun sickrooms or prisons and so on in order to avoid the pain of pity, which one may not be able to resist.
At the time separation of the sexes was a modern innovation, as were sickrooms and isolation cells for the mentally disturbed and the physically contagious.
Elly's 'nervous fever' and consequent delirium do not so much provide the space for the resolution of moral conflict traditionally found in the sickrooms of Victorian novels (30) as begin the double process by which she is divested of her former passionate discontent, while also, with the subsequent help of liberal Anglicanism, arriving at the possibility of a religion that embraces rather than spurns the world.
In the process of transforming large sections of the hospital into sickrooms for the bourgeoisie, hospital builders strengthened class boundaries and exhibited disdain or even disregard for the impoverished patient.
A species found in the human mouth, throat, and respiratory tract and in inflammatory exudates, bloodstream, and lesions in human diseases, it is sometimes found in the udders of cows and in dust from sickrooms, hospital wards, schools, theaters, and other public places.
Nurse Rooke's constant circulation of backstairs gossip and her free access to the sickrooms of Bath's local elite, argue Gilbert and Gubar, make her a "historian of private life" with a "subversive interest in uncovering the sordid realities behind the decorous appearance of high life" (p.
However, there used to be a quaint and quite unnecessary Victorian ritual of removing the house plants from sickrooms at night, lest they compete with the invalid for air.