Category Archives: East End hospitals and medicine

Call the Midwife … an unlikely hit?

By John Rennie WHEN WE originally wrote about Call the Midwife a few years ago, it seemed likely that Jennifer Worth’s book would join the ranks of hundreds of other East End memoirs – if better written and more entertaining … Continue reading

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Cholera – the mysterious killer

ONE thing we all take for granted today is clean, fresh water and – barring the next Thames Water hosepipe ban – plenty of it. But until just a century ago, East Enders were more likely to be killed by … Continue reading

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Call the Midwife – Jennifer Lee on the Isle of Dogs

TWO thirty in the morning, and midwife Jennifer Lee wondered what on earth she was doing . Only three hours sleep after a 17-hour day, and she was struggling to get her pushbike from the bicycle shed in the freezing … Continue reading

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Whitechapel bodysnatchers

The thought of corpses being dug up from a cemetery in the middle of the night makes the blood run cold. But it often happened in the Victorian East End. In ill-lit streets around burial grounds at Whitechapel, Mile End … Continue reading

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Hannah Billig – Angel of Cable Street

Hannah Billig – Angel of Cable Street To her neighbours and patients she was the Angel of Cable Street. But the life of Hannah Billig was an extraordinary story that took her from Russia to Calcutta and Israel – while … Continue reading

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Bedlam Hospital, Bishopsgate

Bedlam Hospital, Bishopsgate by John Rennie TODAY, mental illness is treated as just that – an illness to be treated. But an understanding of its causes, and the treatments for it, is a recent development – if we go back … Continue reading

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