Maude Callen on duty. In December 1951, LIFE published one of the most extraordinary photo essays ever to appear in the magazine. In W. Eugene Smith’s pictures, the story of a tireless South Carolina nurse and midwife named Maude Callen working in the rural South in the 1950s. She served as “doctor, dietician, psychologist, bail-goer and friend” to thousands of poor (most of them desperately poor) patients — only two percent of whom were white.

While the media goes berserk over a royal baby in England, LIFE focuses on a heroic South Carolina nurse and midwife named Maude Callen.

Providence Hospital. Interior.-What an incredible picture!

1905 Majestic Image of Providence Hospital.

Nurses, Hospital Ship "RELIEF", Cuban waters

Six contract nurses onboard the Army Hospital Ship RELIEF bound for Cuba. One of them, Louise Jonas Block, is from New Orleans.

Nurse Midwife Maude Callen 1951 | W. Eugene Smith’s Landmark Photo Essay, ‘Nurse Midwife’ | LIFE.com

W. Eugene Smith's Landmark Photo Essay, 'Nurse Midwife'

Nurse Midwife Maude Callen Tenderly Caring for an Old Chair-Bound Paralytic Touched by Her Kindness, w eugene smith

Nurse midwife Maude Callen, South Carolina, 1951

W. Eugene Smith's Landmark Photo Essay, 'Nurse Midwife'

Nurse midwife Maude Callen, South Carolina, 1951 // W.

250 Funny Reasons You Know You're A Nurse #Nurse #humor

50 Vintage Photos of Nurses Being Awesome

Vintage nurses having some bedpan humor.

Museum of Nursing History Nursing Group Image by NursingHistory

Museum of Nursing History Nursing Group Image by NursingHistory

October 2014: getting inpatients walking, calciphylaxis, #nurses and Hurricane Sandy, and more

October getting inpatients walking, calciphylaxis, and Hurricane Sandy, and

۞ ۩  Photo by Friedrich Seiderstϋcker

Lady pushing a pram in West Berlin, 1950 Photo by Friedrich Seidenstücker.

Two African American midwives,of Leon County, Florida, in 1944.

Two African American midwives,of Leon County, Florida, in

W. Eugene Smith's 'Country Doctor': Revisiting a Landmark Photo Essay

W. Eugene Smith's Landmark Portrait: 'Country Doctor'

Ernest Ceriani makes a house call on foot, Kremmling, Colorado, From the 1948 LIFE magazine photo essay, “Country Doctor.

Circa 1948: Image shows medical staff working within the Collins Health Centre. The Health Centre was based in the factory and ensured the health of the workforce. (HarperCollins Publishers Historical Archive)

Circa Image shows medical staff working within the Collins Health Centre. The Health Centre was based in the factory and ensured the health of the workforce.

The Legacy of the Black Midwife Part 1/6

The Legacy of the Black Midwife Pt 1

<strong>Not published in LIFE.</strong> South Carolina, 1951.

W. Eugene Smith's Landmark Photo Essay, 'Nurse Midwife'

Eugene Smith—Time Life Pictures/Getty Images Not published in LIFE.

History of Nursing

A description of history of nursing in the world and in India, Edited by Aravind R Menon CON, NIMHANS

Florence Nightingale....original nurse and very brave soul!

Florence Nightingale was appalled by the conditions of the Crimean War. She dedicated the rest of her life, to educating nurses and reforming public health.

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