Wednesday 6 November 17:30 - 19:30

Royal College of Nursing
20 Cavendish Square

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From Maggots to Matrons: Rituals and Myths in Nursing

Community & Culture

From maggots to matrons, enemas to egg white and oxygen, generations of nurses reminisce about a profession steeped in tradition. Claire Laurent’s Rituals & Myths in Nursing: A Social History, (Pen & Sword, 2019) explores the history behind those rituals, challenges the more absurd and celebrates the increasing complexity of the job that is nursing. The talk will be followed by a drinks reception and book signing.


The venue is fully wheelchair accessible. There is a hearing loop in the lecture room.Β We can offer large print copies of presentations if requested at least a week before the event. Assistance dogs are welcome.

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