The House of the Good Neighbor 1920 Esther Pohl Lovejoy SIGNED ~ Memoir of Women's & Children's Social Care in World War I Paris (Levallois)


Title: The House of the Good Neighbor

Author: Esther Pohl Lovejoy / with a Foreword by Herbert Hoover

Description: Inscribed by author. Second Edition (April, 1920), including the newly added Foreword by Herbert Hoover. Boards in black cloth with gilt stamped spine. Some surface blemishes on spine and covers. A couple pages are roughly opened. Small spots of soiling on Foreword pages, else interior is clean. 12 illustrations. x, 218 pages.

Inscribed ''To my old friend / Mr. Whisnant / with cordial / Xmas[?] greetings / Esther Pohl Lovejoy''.

The memoir of Dr. Esther Lovejoy, describing her experiences in the Paris factory district of Levallois in the winter of 1917-1918, during the First World War, working at the Residence Sociale, known to the locals as The House of the Good Neighbor. This charitable ''social house'' had as its mission the care of the children of women who worked in the factories, poor families, and other disadvantaged individuals, including young women and the elderly. It also functioned as ''a clearing house for people in distress, giving immediate help in emergencies, and cooperating with other agencies and organizations for the relief of human suffering. It was in touch with hospitals, dispensaries, maternities, pre-natal and post-natal homes, creeches, canteens, milk and supply depots of different kinds.''

Lovejoy goes into great detail about the life and work at the House, and the prevailing social conditions which necessitated these specific relief efforts, as well has her philosophy and views on this charitable work. Dr. Esther Pohl Lovejoy (1869-1967) was an American physician and public health pioneer, and a suffrage activist. In 1907, she became the first woman appointed to direct a department of health in a major U.S city (Portland, Oregon). She was the second woman to graduate from the University of Oregon Medical School, and the first to practice medicine. Later in life, in 1951 and 1957, she was awarded the Elizabeth Blackwell Medal by the American Medical Women's Association in for contributions to the field of medicine.

Binding: Hardcover
Condition: Very Good
Jacket Condition: None

Publisher: The Macmillan Company
Place: New York
Year: 1920

Keywords: World War I, Paris, Levallois, France, women, children, relief, memoir, social life, families, charity, poverty, maternity, families, women's issues, Red Cross, Portland, Oregon, Elizabeth Blackwell Medal, University of Oregon Medical School,

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