- Talks a little about Charlotte's family
- You get the point of view from professionals
- Talks about some real life people that Bronte based her characters off of
- When they do talk about Charlotte's family it's vague
- they don't spend much time on one particular topic
I found out that in the beginning period of the era ,hospitals, rather than beings seen as a "place of healing" were more often viewed as a "gateway of death".Visitors would see overcrowded wards, surgeries being performed without any form of anesthesia, and an unclean workplace. Back in this time the hospitals were not seen as a priority, and health care was practically non existent. Charlotte Bronte wrote it Jane Eyre the lack of empathy for the sick girls and how medicine was not seen as important. It was a glimpse into how Victorian society looked at medicine and the priority of the sick.
It wasn't until the middle of the century that medical care and hospitals were being reinvented. Several different types of hospitals came out of this for different types of patients. The more popular ones were the voluntary hospitals, specialist and cottage hospitals, Hospitals for infectious diseases, and asylums.
Voluntary Hospitals- Theses hospitals initially started out as hospitals who took in the poor who couldn't afford to see a doctor. A board of directors chose who would be admitted and the doctors were not compensated, they had to have their own private practice. Eventually they became so popular that the rich preferred to be in the hospitals than have their own personal doctor.
Infectious Diseases Hospitals- In order to prevent the spread of infectious diseases these hospitals were created to isolate patients and protect the other citizens. The good thing about these hospitals was that they were free admittance so that they could protect the public.
Asylums- From the 1808 County Asylums Act, the mentally ill were placed in separate hospitals all to themselves. Prior to this mental illness was not seen as a disease so the people who suffered from it were treated as criminals, vagrants, and paupers. As it is shown in Jane Eyre the mental illness of Mr.Rochester's wife was something to be ashamed of and hidden away.