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This chapter examines the diaconate's influence in nursing and health care provision in late nineteenth-century Sweden. It discusses the diaconate's work in poor relief institutions and parishes where the focus was on helping the poor. The chapter surveys the history of health care in early modern Europe and Sweden, with particular attention given to the role played by religious institutions and personnel. It addresses the impact of female religious organizations and personnel on the development of the modern nursing profession in Sweden. The chapter examines the diaconate's work in nursing and health care provision both at the institution and outside of it. It argues that the professionalization of nursing in modern Swedish history began through the pioneering work of deaconesses. The chapter also demonstrates that the health care services of deaconesses were in fairly high demand among patients and employers, particularly in the last quarter of the nineteenth century.

Keywords: diaconate; early modern Europe; health care; nursing profession; poor relief institutions; Swedish Deaconess Society



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