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The Royal Hospital Haslar: A Pictorial History [Paperback]

Eric Birbeck , Ann Ward , Phil Ward
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4 Nov 2013
The Royal Hospital Haslar was the first of three hospitals built in the 18th century for sick and wounded sailors and marines and was the last to remain in service. Following submissions to King George II by the Earl of Sandwich, First Lord of the Admiralty, sites were identified at Portsmouth, Plymouth, and Chatham, and building commenced at Haslar farm in 1745. Designed by Theodore Jacobsen FRS in the manner of his Foundling Hospital in London, the hospital, reputed at one time to be the largest red brick building in Europe, was completed in 1762. Haslar was grand in concept, elegant in design and robust of build, and provided medical attention and nursing care to the sick and wounded of both Fleet and Army. This may not have been of the highest order in the early years, but the standards achieved during the Peninsular and Crimean Wars earned the hospital a reputation among military authorities that was unequalled. Sir John Richardson, eminent Arctic explorer and physician at Haslar, even corresponded with Florence Nightingale when the nursing reformer was campaigning for changes in the way casualties of war were treated. Described as the noblest of institutions by Queen Victoria, the Royal Hospital Haslar has provided medical care to the Royal Navy for over 250 years and Sick Berth staff for service in all areas of global conflict. In more recent times it treated patients from all three services and since the 1950s has made the professional and technological expertise contained within its walls accessible to civilian patients. The photographs in this fascinating illustrated history will stir the memory of all those who have entered Haslar, as either staff or patients, and provide a unique record of a singular and celebrated institution.

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press (4 Nov 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0750956070
  • ISBN-13: 978-0750956079
  • Product Dimensions: 27 x 20.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 557,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The Royal Hospital,Haslar 6 Aug 2010
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An excellent publication,especially for anyone who has served in or been a patient in
this marvellous Service hospital. Pictorially it has been well researched and attractively presented and deserves to occupy a prominent position on the purchaser's bookshelf.The book's content is an invitation to those readers who are interested in Naval history to research further into the hospital's fascinating 250 years of service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Royal Hospital Haslar 22 July 2010
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For local history enthusiasts, especially as Haslar Hospital has controversially been closed down after many years resistance by townspeople and M.P.s. A great loss to the area. The book is a comprehensive record of the hospital's history and includes great photos.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Royal Naval Hospital Haslar. 24 Oct 2010
For anyone interested in the Royal Naval Hospital Haslar, it is very interesting and informative.
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