May 26th, 2012

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Some questions on British Health Care System of 1900-10-20-30-s

Hi there,

Something in the text below I don't understand and type it in bold. The author is an English doctor, and she wrote the text some 60 years ago. Will you please explain what did the author mean by 'paying lady probationers'. Does it all mean that 'paying...' is equal to 'hiring lady probationers'? If so, why a nurse doing her 1st year of work (and being not so experienced) was managing her house-commetee and forced them to pay bills and all? Or maybe I follow wrong way...

Remedies, in my mind, are frequently associated with people, and this one [remedy] always recalls a nurse of the old hospital days who was trained in the days of the paying lady probationers. She was spartan, practical, competent and very, very stern, managed her house-commitee with a rod of iron, they dared not to say anything to her, but just bow to the inevitable and pay the bills for the things she considered necessary for the small hospital of which she was in charge.

Thank you in advance

Collective term for religious persons

I'm tagging posts for a comm on LiveJournal and I need a term or a noun or a short description for religious persons ie: monks, nuns, priests, fathers, vicars, imans, etc etc that covers all faiths. The best I've come up with is 'religious persons' which doesn't seem right at all, in fact it sounds rather lame. I seem to remember there is a French term, 'religous' (apologies for the spelling) which might work, but then again might not as memory is now telling me could refer to nuns *sigh*

Any ideas??

Not sure what to tag this as.
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