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Dorothea Dix of Hampden worked for social reform for the mentally ill, founding more than 30 hospitals. She improved hospital conditions for thousands of patients.
Dix was appointed Superintendent of Nurses for the Union Army in 1861.
She was known as "A God-appointed missionary to the insane." But she preferred to think of herself as..."The Hope of the poor crazed beings who pine in cells and stalls and cages."
About This Item
- Title: Dorothea L. Dix, ca. 1870
- Subject Date: circa 1860
- Media: Photographic print
- Dimensions: 26 cm x 21 cm
- Local Code: Photographs--Dix
- Object Type: Image
For more information about this item, contact:Maine Historical Society
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LC Subject Headings
- Women social reformers--United States--Portraits
- Dix, Dorothea Lynde (1802-1887)--Portraits
- United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Participation, Female
- Mentally ill--Care--United States--History
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