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Bread, Jam and a Borrowed Pram : A Nurse's Story from the Streets by Dot May Dunn
  

Bread, Jam and a Borrowed Pram : A Nurse's Story from the Streets

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Dot May Dunn takes us back to the days of the 1950s and the early days of the National Health Service. As a newly qualified health visitor she sees only too well the deprivation and health problems on her “patch”. A vivid account that describes inner city slums where water is often polluted, houses have little or no furniture and children are without shoes. She battles the dirt, infestations, disease and ignorance with quiet good humour and a great deal of determination.

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Bread, Jam and a Borrowed Pram : A Nurse's Story from the Streets by Dot May Dunn

Three small children peep out, their eyes watching me from beneath tousled but clean hair. Their clothes seem to have been put on their bodies to cover them rather than to fit them, none wears shoes. Two older girls stand by a table, the only piece of furniture I have seen in the house, apart from a rickety pram, which now stands in the doorway. The crumbling remains of a loaf of bread are being coated with jam, and eager fingers await them... It's the end of the 1950s and Britain is changing. The war's long shadow is fading and while the country gets ready for the swinging sixties, Dot is embarking on an adventure of her own. After qualifying as a midwife, young Dot has taken a job as a health visitor in the back streets of Birmingham. There, she's not just responsible for the babies brought into this world, but an army of toddlers, tykes and tots who all need a helping hand. For Dot it will be a heartrending journey - trying to help families with next to nothing, sharing the struggles of young mums and discovering how the spirit of the community can overcome the toughest of circumstances.

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Dot May Dunn

Dot May Dunn was born in Derbyshire, the daughter of a miner. In 1951 she joined the newly established NHS as a pre-nursing student at Leicester Royal Infirmary, eventually becoming a Research Fellow at St Bartholomew's London and the London Hospital Medical College. She has four nursing qualifications and 50 years on the 'coal face' behind her. She lives in Warwickshire and divides her time between England and France.

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Publication date

15th March 2012

Author

Dot May Dunn

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Publisher

Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd ) an imprint of Orion Publishing Co

Format

Paperback
320 pages

Categories

Biography / Autobiography
The Real World
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Memoirs
Midwifery

ISBN

9781409136088

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