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Maude Callen on duty. In December 1951, LIFE published one of the most extraordinary photo essays ever to appear in the magazine. In W. Eugene Smith’s pictures, the story of a tireless South Carolina nurse and midwife named Maude Callen working in the rural South in the 1950s. She served as “doctor, dietician, psychologist, bail-goer and friend” to thousands of poor (most of them desperately poor) patients — only two percent of whom were white.
Nurse in the interior of Coast Hospital horsedrawn ambulance in New South Wales. (date unknown). A brief history of nursing in New South Wales from the early days of the Colony and an overview of major archival sources relating to nurses is available on our website. Rights: www.records.nsw.gov.au/about-us/rights-and-permissions