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Lillian D. Wald

Wald, Lillian D. (wôld) [key], 1867–1940, American social worker and pioneer in public health nursing. In 1893 she organized a visiting nurse service, which became the nucleus of the noted Henry Street Settlement in New York City. The U.S. Children's Bureau (founded 1912) was suggested by her, as were other public health services and social reforms.

See her autobiographical books The House on Henry Street (1915) and Windows on Henry Street (1934, 4th ed. 1937); biographies by R. L. Duffus (1938) and B. W. Epstein (1960).

The Columbia Electronic Encyclopedia, 6th ed. Copyright © 2012, Columbia University Press. All rights reserved.

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