Boston Floating Hospital ... Season of 1902. [cover title]
Caution!!! Babies on Board!
Well-illustrated from original photographs. This season’s report is devoted to the numerous sick infants brought on board Boston’s floating hospital, many in need of immediate medical attention. On a given day, almost 27 sick babies were taken on board.
The director gives a summary of the ship’s activities and the challenges the ship’s doctors and nurses faced. For instance, some mothers would not “bring their babies unless the day is very hot.” (To this end, the ship’s “Atmospheric Plant” was devised as an ice plant to keep food for the babies cold and to serve as an air conditioning system.)
As the ship’s ward overflowed with its tiny patients, saving the lives of babies was an all-hands-on-deck affair. Sanitation was paramount. Mothers were educated and taught how to properly nourish their babies and the importance of cleanliness. Nurses attended lectures on premature babies, lectures medicinal and non-medicinal therapeutic treatments, and they also learned about the “nervous and mental diseases of children.”
The Season of 1902 also lists the ship’s permanent patients and their diseases, many life-threatening; details where the babies came from in the surrounding area; and reports the names of many community benefactors, individuals and commercial entities.
Poignantly, “memorial beds” were named after individual babies who were now deceased. To honor their memory, these beds were donated to the ship and gave the ship’s next influx of sickly infants a chance to recover and live.
Description: Boston Floating Hospital ... Season of 1902. [cover title]
Boston: B.H. Blodgett & Co., . 48pp. Pictorial green wraps. Small chipped loss to corner of cover; very good.