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Nurses: On the Job

What do we see when we look closely?

Examine this image of nurses caring for new-born babies in the Jewish Hospital of Berlin. Opened in 1914, the hospital was one of the most modern medical facilities in Germany.
Roll over different areas of the postcard to discover answers to the questions below.

    • Q1Can you see what material is used to make this cart?
    • A1Steel furniture and enamel bowls are easy to clean. Nurses maintain a hygienic environment as part of their duty of care to their patients.
    • Q2Can you identify what the babies are drinking?
    • A2Although most babies were fed on breast milk, boiled or modified cows milk was given in glass bottles with rubber teats.
    • Q3Can you spot a nurse's badge?
    • A3Hospital training schools presented badges to nurses who completed their education. Nurses wore their hospital badges as a symbol of status.
Three White female nurses in white aprons and a White male doctor hold babies.
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Nurses in the Jewish Hospital of Berlin, c. 1914

    • Q1Can you see what material is used to make this cart?
    • A1Steel furniture and enamel bowls are easy to clean. Nurses maintain a hygienic environment as part of their duty of care to their patients.
    • Q2Can you identify what the babies are drinking?
    • A2Although most babies were fed on breast milk, boiled or modified cows milk was given in glass bottles with rubber teats.
    • Q3Can you spot a nurse's badge?
    • A3Hospital training schools presented badges to nurses who completed their education. Nurses wore their hospital badges as a symbol of status.
  • 1Can you see what material is used to make this cart?
  • 2Can you identify what the babies are drinking?
  • 3Can you spot a nurse's badge?