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All About History

All About History No. 91

All About History is the stunningly realised new magazine from the makers of How It Works and All About Space. Featuring beautiful illustrations, photos and graphics depicting everything from ancient civilisations to the Cold War, All About History is accessible and entertaining to all and makes history fun for the whole family.

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Future Publishing Ltd
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This issue we lead with one of our perennial historical characters, Henry VIII. He’s among the most written about men in history, so we wanted to tackle him in a slightly different way this time around. As this June marks the 500th anniversary of the Field of Cloth of Gold we wanted to take a look at the English monarch through the prism of his sometime ally and often enemy Francis I of France. These two kings have a number of similarities in their lives (neither likely to be king from birth, both of similar ages, both yearning for significance in the Renaissance age) and this makes their meeting a curious subject to look at. Comparing these two kings in contrast to one another offers some interesting insights into the paths…

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defining moments

8 June 1929 BRITAIN’S FIRST FEMALE CABINET MINISTER On this day, Margaret Bondfield was appointed minister of labour, becoming the first woman to attain cabinet rank in British history. She is pictured here two days later, in the back row, gathered in the garden of 10 Downing Street with the rest of the cabinet of the second Labour government, following their first meeting. 5 June 1956 ELVIS DEBUTS HOUND DOG Elvis Presley performed his version of the classic rock ‘n’ roll hit on The Milton Berle Show for the first time in 1956, which was also his first appearance on television without a guitar. However, his hip-shaking performance was slammed by critics, who considered it to be vulgar and believed it would encourage juvenile delinquency.…

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a history of nursing

268 BCE ASHOKA’S HOSPITALS 268-232 BCE Indian Emperor Ashoka creates a series of public hospitals to give food and medicine to travellers. Skilled physicians were there to administer these. FIRST GENERAL HOSPITAL C.390 CE Saint Fabiola founds the first general hospital in Rome. Fabiola cares for patients herself, even those rejected from society due to disease. C.1517 1600 PROTESTANT REFORMATION C.1517 Protestants, led by Martin Luther, close the many Catholic-run hospitals. For the next two centuries there is no recognisable nursing system, though many organisations continue the tradition. Sisters of Mercy 1600-1800 Despite the Protestant Reformation, many Catholic organisations (such as the Daughters of Charity of Saint Vincent de Paul) still carry out nursing work. In France in particular they work on the estates of devout nobles. By 1870, France’s 1,500 hospitals are operated by 11,000 nurses. Did you know? Nursing…

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wwi field hospital

The administration of medical aid on the front lines of war meant medics were a key division of all the armed services, but as WWI commenced this was still a relatively new concept. With the new mechanised nature of the battle, the need to treat injuries and rotate in and out fit soldiers was more important than ever and field hospitals became a crucial tool along with the role of triage to sort patients. Triage was first used by French doctor Dominique Jean Larrey during the Napoleonic Wars and so it was from the French that others learned this method of streamlining their medical response. At first it was simply a case of sorting patients who could be saved from those who could not, but as WWI progressed a more sophisticated…

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nhs nurse

MEDICAL EQUIPMENT In 1946 glass-making pioneers Chance Brothers invented an interchangeable barrel and plunger design for syringes that allowed for mass sterilisation of the devices. Previously you had to match the barrel and plunger on each syringe and sterilising needed to be done a piece at a time. NHS nurses would have been well trained in their use. Plastic and rubber syringes were developed in 1949 in Australia, but would not be cheap enough to mass-produce to be disposable until the 1960s. BADGE OF HONOUR While jewellery was often forbidden or discouraged, badges were still often worn by nurses. These would typically represent the school of nursing they graduated from, the hospital they trained in or a membership to organisations like the British Nursing Association or Royal College of Nursing. Similarly, elaborate belt…

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medicine chest

Medicine chests filled with numerous bottles of herbal remedies and medicines could be purchased for domestic use from apothecaries, chemists and druggists in Britain during the 18th and 19th centuries. They became increasingly popular with the rise of consumer culture during this period, but only the most affluent could actually afford them. These chests usually came equipped with an instruction manual or guidebook on how to use the medicines, what illnesses they could be used for and the correct dosage for each one, especially for children. Just in case a doctor was called for, it was useful to have a chest at home so that there were medicines ready for them once they arrived – but many of these medicines could only be administered by a doctor anyway. While it was…