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New illustrated book to explore the history of Lichfield’s hospitals

A new book is set to chart the history of Lichfield’s hospitals.

Book pic_standardAuthor Mary Hutchinson has led a research team from the the Lichfield Hospitals History Group to produce This Won’t Hurt: A History of the Hospitals of Lichfield.

The book will be officially launched at 11am on September 4 at the Samuel Johnson Community Hospital. It will then go on sale at the Samuel Johnson Birthplace, St Mary’s Heritage Centre, Cathedral Bookshop, Erasmus Darwin House and local branches of WH Smith, with all profits donated to the Friends of the Hospital.

Mary explained:

“The date of the launch has been chosen because it is very close to the centenary of the death of Florence Nightingale. Her influence did spread to Lichfield when she provided four trained nurses from St Thomas’s Hospital to serve with the Lichfield Diocesan Nursing Association.”

The illustrated book charts a 900 year-history of health treatment in Lichfield, including monastic hospitality, modern birthing pools, the early years of treatment for lunacy, care for miners and the present day use of technology.

The book was made possible by research sponsorship from the Lichfield Conduit Lands Trust and tells of the institutions which were built, used and often paid for by local people.

Mary continued:

“One essential difference from a straightforward history book is that it also includes a number of local peoples’ reminiscences. These come from patients, staff, volunteers and relatives, often in their own words.”

This Won’t Hurt will also be available from from LHHG, 25 Chapel Lane, Lichfield, WS14 9BA, for £7.99 (including £1 postage). For more information email lichfieldhhg@yahoo.co.uk.

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