History of the Philippine Nursing

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Early Beliefs, Practices and Care of the sick * Early Filipinos subscribed to superstitious belief and practices in relation to health and sickness * Diseases, their causes and treatment were associated with mysticism and superstitions * Cause of disease was caused by another person (an enemy of witch) or evil spirits * Persons suffering from diseases without any identified cause were believed bewitched by “mangkukulam” * Difficult childbirth were attributed to “nonos” * Evil spirits could be driven away by persons with powers to expel demons * Belief in special Gods of healing: priest-physician, word doctors, herbolarios/herb doctors

Early Hospitals during the Spanish Regime – religious orders exerted efforts to care for the sick by building hospitals in different parts of the Philippines:

* Hospital Real de Manila San Juan de Dios Hospital * San Lazaro Hospital Hospital de Aguas Santas * Hospital de Indios

Prominent personages involved during the Philippine Revolution

1. Josephine Bracken – wife of Jose Rizal installed a field hospital in an estate in Tejeros that provided nursing care to the wounded night and day.
2. Rose Sevilla de Alvaro – converted their house into quanters for Filipino soldiers during the Phil-American War in 1899.
3. Hilaria de Aguinaldo –wife of Emlio Aginaldo organized the Filipino Red Cross.
4. Melchora Aquino – (Tandang Sora) nursed the wounded Filipino soldiers, gave them shelter and food.
5. Captain Salomen – a revolutionary leader in Nueva Ecija provided nursing care to the wounded when not in combat.
6. Agueda Kahabagan – revolutionary leader in Laguna also provided nursing services to her troops.
7. Trinidad Tecson (Ina ng Biak na Bato) – stayed in the hospital at…...

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