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In 1894 the younger daughter of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Rose Hawthorne Lathrop, located in a three-room flat on the lower east side of New York in order to help the poor who were suffering from incurable cancer. She took a few patients to live in the apartment with her, received others into her home in order to dress their lesions, and visited many more in their own homes. Such was the beginning of a work that filled the remainder of her life. This book is the story of her service. Mrs. Lathrop's hope that her work would extend to other cities is being partially realized at present with the opening in Philadelphia of a similar home. The author writes of Mother Alphonsa from knowledge gained by association with her in this work. He also includes parts of Mother Alphonsa's diary and letters. Nathaniel Hawthorne, her father, visited in this home, as
Mother Alphonsa: Rose Hawthorne Lathrop. JAMA. 1931;96(8):637. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02720340067038
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