From Maggots to Matrons: Rituals and Myths in Nursing

Book launch

06 Nov 2019 17:30 - 19:30

20 Cavendish Square, Marylebone, London, W1G ORN


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. Claire will be joined by Archivist Kate Jarman, who will share stories from the archives of Barts and the London.

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 and the event will have live subtitles. 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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20 Cavendish Square

20 Cavendish Square is located behind John Lewis, Oxford Street.


The nearest stations are Oxford Circus and Bond Street.


There are many buses routes that stop nearby, including the 10, 25, 55, 73, 98 and 390.

Page last updated - 19/09/2019