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Melinda Ann (1841–1930). “America's first trained nurse,” the first graduate of the Training School of the New England Hospital in Boston, in 1873. She devoted her life to active nursing and to the training of other nurses.


Barry Wyndham, 20th-century English physician. See: Richards-Rundle syndrome.

Richards, Linda

(1841-1930), a nurse considered to be the first American-trained nurse, and a graduate of the first class of the New England Hospital for Women and Children. She then studied at the Nightingale Training School in London and in 1873 organized the Massachusetts General Hospital Training School. In 1885 she was sent to Japan to develop a training school at the Charity Hospital. In 1891 she took charge of the Philadelphia Visiting Nurse Society. She is credited with being the first to keep written records on patients, a practice she started when she worked as night superintendent at Bellevue Hospital in New York City.
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As the Prior finished, a door at the lower end of the refectory swung open, and in came Sir Richard, with folded hands and head bowed upon his breast.
Quoth Sir Richard, "Thou man of law, wilt thou not befriend me in mine hour of need?
As for your father, Richard has only to lift his finger and your father obeys him.
Richard Turlington's voice was suddenly audible on deck exactly above them.
Sir Richard thanked him in a few earnest words, and asked him and all his men to visit the armory, before they departed.
This time he did not seek out Prince John, but asked audience with King Richard of the Lion Heart himself.
The course of study and preparation requires to be diligently pursued," observed my guardian with a glance at Richard.
Richard Carstone, who has so meritoriously acquitted himself in the--shall I say the classic shades?
When this answer was returned, and that safety of life was promised, the common sort being now at the end of their peril the most drew back from Sir Richard and the Master Gunner, (it) being no hard matter to dissuade men from death to life.
The sleigh was easily breed across so slight an impediment, and before Richard became conscious of his danger one-half of the vehicle Was projected over a precipice, which fell perpendicularly more than a hundred feet.
answered Richard, impatiently; ``I tell thee, Sir Wilfred, the best of them are most willing to repay my follies in kind For example, my very faithful servant, Wilfred of Ivanhoe, will not obey my positive commands, and yet reads his king a homily, because he does not walk exactly by his advice.
Firmin Richard had hardly finished reading this letter when M.