Why did Dorothea Dix take part in hospital and prison reforms?
- tuffyLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
Dix ran her own school for girls in Boston and in the 1840s she began to investigate the care given to mentally ill individuals. Her efforts brought about hospitals specifically designed to care for the mentally ill in Europe, Canada, and the U.S. During the American Civil War Dix was the superintendent for U.S. Army nurses and became interested in prison reform when she toured Union prison camps holding Confederate prisoners. She was the first woman in the U.S. to become active in social reforms.