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98.4ºF to 37ºC - The Memoirs of Eleanor Milner SRN SCM DNC

Eleanor Milner

In this wonderfully evocative book, Eleanor Milner recounts tales of her life as a nurse in post-war Britain.

Growing up in rural Yorkshire during the war, Eleanor trained to be a nurse in Hull before qualifying as a midwife in Liverpool. She describes the adventures of her subsequent life as a district nurse midwife back in Yorkshire before moving to coastal Lincolnshire where she worked as a district nurse, later specialising in care for the elderly.

Depicting a time gone by, Eleanor not only skilfully brings to life the changes that medical treatment has gone through but gives a true reflection of life in rural Britain. The poverty, tragedy and hardship are entwined with the joy of new life and the overriding sense of community, all peppered with amusing anecdotes.

Weaving through this glorious memoir is Eleanor's heart-warming dedication to her profession, her family and her community. She shows what it truly takes to be a real NHS hero.

Royalties from the sale of this book will be shared between Sheffield Children's Hospital and the Urostomy Association.

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Born in 1933, Eleanor Milner was brought up on an East Yorkshire farm during wartime. She decided at an early age that she wanted to become a nurse and trained at Hull Royal Infirmary, before qualifying as a midwife at Liverpool Maternity Hospital. Returning to her native East Yorkshire, she accepted a post as a district nurse/midwife. She married in 1958 and moved to the Lincolnshire coast where her husband was the village sub-postmaster, and in 1964, the couple adopted a handicapped baby girl.

Eleanor returned to district nursing, later specialising in the care of the elderly, but a serious road accident in 1983 necessitated her premature retirement. Following her husband's untimely death, she took over the running of the village shop and was appointed sub-postmistress, later retiring to a bungalow in the village. She now lives near her daughter in Derbyshire, where she continues to enjoy her retirement.

The title, 98.4ºF to 37ºC, being the decimal change in the measuring of normal body temperature, has been chosen to reflect the changes in nursing and social history over the last seventy years.