Nursing History Review

Nursing History Review is a nursing journal focusing on nursing history

Articles from Vol. 15, 2007

Alcoholism in America: From Reconstruction to Prohibition
Alcoholism in America: From Reconstruction to Prohibition By Sarah W. Tracy (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005) (xxiii + 357 pages; $48.00 cloth)Sarah W. Tracy begins her history of the changing medical and cultural definitions of habitual...
Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone
Autism and the Myth of the Person Alone By Douglas Biklen with Richard Attfield, Larry Bissonnette, Lucy Blackman, Jamie Burke, Alberto Frugone, Tito Rajarshi Mukhopadhyay, and Sue Rubin (New York: University Press, 2005)The goal of Autism and the Myth...
Bermerkungen Zur Krankenpflege (German Translation of Notes on Nursing)
Bermerkungen zur Krankenpflege (German translation of Notes on Nursing) By Florence Nightingale, with commentary by Christoph Schweikardt and Susanne Schulze-Jaschok (Frankfurt am Main: Mabuse-Verlag, 2005) (276 pages; 24,80 Euro)Bermerkungen zur Krankenpflege...
Care to Remember: Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland
Care to Remember: Nursing and Midwifery in Ireland Edited by Gerard M. Fealy (Douglas Village, Cork, Ireland: Mercier Press, 2005) (224 pages; euro20.00 paper)Historians, write Martha Howell and Walter Prevenier in From Reliable Sources, do not discover...
Choice and Coercion: Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare
Choice and Coercion: Birth Control, Sterilization, and Abortion in Public Health and Welfare By Johanna Schoen (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2005) (352 pages; $59.95 cloth, $19.95 paper)In Choice and Coercion, Johanna Schoen highlights...
Commentary
Florence Nightingale has been a symbol of the caring, high moral character, and culture of gentlewomen that came to characterize the image, if not the reality, of modern nursing. But, later critics have dismissed both her personal attributes and her...
Compassion and Competence: Nursing in Mandatory Palestine, 1918-1948
Compassion and Competence: Nursing in Mandatory Palestine, 1918-1948 By Nira Banal (Jerusalem: Yard Izhak Ben-Zvi, 2005) (Hebrew, 444 pages; 98 NIS; $21 cloth)Compassion and Competence is a comprehensive and thorough overview of the development of nutsing...
Dying to Be Beautiful: The Fight for Safe Cosmetics
Dying to Be Beautiful: The Fight for Safe Cosmetics By Gwen Kay (Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2005) (224 pages; $64.95 cloth, $22.95 paper)Dying to Be Beautiful The Fight for Safe Cosmetics is part of a series on Women, Gender, and Health,...
First, Do No Harm: Power, Oppression and Violence in Healthcare
First, Do No Harm: Power, Oppression and Violence in Healthcare Edited by Nancy L. Diekelmann (Madison: University of Wisconsin Press, 2002) (266 pages, $57.95 cloth; $22.95 paper)This is an example of a book that is not a historical study, but one that...
Florence Nightingale's Nursing Practice
Why is the woman who is credited as the founder of modern nursing considered by many scholars not to have actually nursed after her return from the Crimea? This article examines the ways Florence Nightingale's nursing has been deprecated or ignored in...
Florence Nightingale's Opposition to State Registration of Nurses
It is well known that Florence Nightingale strongly opposed state registration for nurses. Her opposition is usually treated in the standard literature as reactionary and dismissed in a few paragraphs. For example, Dock and Stewart wrote in 1931 that,...
Health Security for All: Dreams of Universal Health Care in America
Health Security for All: Dreams of Universal Health Care in America By Alan Derickson (Baltimore: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005) (240 pages; $30.00 paper)Throughout the twentieth century, there were spirited debates in the United States regarding...
Latter-Day Saint Nurses at War: A Story of Caring and Sacrifice
Latter-day Saint Nurses at War: A Story of Caring and Sacrifice By Patricia Rushton, Lynn Clark-Callister, and Maile K. Wilson (Provo, UT: Religious Studies Center, Brigham Young University, 2005) (296 pages; $29.95 doth)Wartime nursing is a true test...
Motherhood in Bondage
Motherhood in Bondage By Margaret Sanger; foreword by Margaret Marsh (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2000) (472 pages; $57.95 cloth; $19.95 paper)Motherhood in Bondage, printed in 1928 and recendy re-released by The Ohio State University Press,...
"Much Instruction Needed Here": The Work of Nurses in Rural Wisconsin during the Depression
In October 1936, Mildred Cook was looking for an address in Pulaski, Wisconsin. In the process, Cook, a nurse working for the State of Wisconsin Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, came across Mrs. J.B. This woman was pregnant and due in March, but...
"Must We All Die?": Alaska's Enduring Struggle with Tuberculosis
"Must We All Die?": Alaska's Enduring Struggle with Tuberculosis By Robert Fortuine (Fairbanks: University of Alaska Press, 2005) (304 pages; $39.95 cloth)Tuberculosis has been with humans for thousands of years, although its origins are not clear. It...
New Dissertations
Compiled for the Nursing History Review by Jonathan Erien, PhD, History of Medicine Librarian, Health Science Library System, and Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Public Health at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.Catherine...
Nightingales: The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss Florence Nightingale
Nightingales: The Extraordinary Upbringing and Curious Life of Miss Florence Nightingale By Gillian Gill (New York: Ballantine Books, 2004) (535 pages; $27.95 cloth)How did the young, well-bred, Florence Nightingale become the Florence Nightingale memorialized...
Nursing against the Odds: How Health Care Cost Cutting, Media Stereotypes, and Medical Hubris Undermine Nurses and Patient Care
Nursing Against the Odds: How Health Care Cost Cutting, Media Stereotypes, and Medical Hubris Undermine Nurses and Patient Care By Suzanne Gordon (Ithaca, NY: Cornell University Press, 2005) (489 pages; $19.77 cloth)Are we "Nursing Against the Odds"?...
Nursing History: Blurring Disciplinary Boundaries
When we examine the history of nursing, we take into consideration the broad components that affected its development: the labor market and labor laws, political issues of the day, the economy, religious and secular institutions and their influences...
On All Frontiers: Four Centuries of Canadian Nursing
On All Frontiers: Four Centuries of Canadian Nursing Edited by Christina Bates, Dianne Dodd, and Nicole Rousseau (Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: University of Ottawa Press, 2005) (248 pages; $50.00 paper). Also issued in French under die tide Sans Frontières:...
One Nation Uninsured: Why the U.S. Has No National Health Insurance
One Nation Uninsured: Why the U.S. Has No National Health Insurance By Jill Quadagno (New York: Oxford University Press, 2005) (274 pages; $28.00 cloth)Jill Quadagno s timely book is a substantial contribution to the historical scholarship that attempts...
Pain and Profits: The History of the Headache and Its Remedies in America
Pain and Profits: The History of the Headache and Its Remedies in America By Jan R. McTavish (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2004) (239 pages; $23.95 paper)For most of humans' existence, headaches posed a perplexing and, in general, resistant...
Requiem for AJN's Place in the Profession
The American Nurses Association's (ANA) recent decision (March 2006) to sever its official ties with the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) saddened me. ANA's previous decision (1996) to sell AJN to the Lippincott Company (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins)...
Reweaving a Tapestry of Care: Religion, Nursing, and the Meaning of Hospice, 1945-1978
... people who have worked in general and chronic wards do seem to think it is rather epoch-making that every one of our patients looks peaceful, contented, and free from pain, whenever they come round the hospice. I do not pretend for a moment that...
Rewriting Nursing History - Again?
In the late 1970s, when I first began to gather together the authors whose essays would later appear in Rewriting Nursing History,1 I found myself among others who experienced the same kinds of dissatisfactions with the history of nursing that I did....
The Nursing Radicalism of the Honourable Albinia Brodrick, 1861-1955
The Honourable Albinia Brodrick was born into the English aristocracy in 1861 but died a pauper in Ireland in 1955. During her lifetime, she moved from England to Ireland, changed her name from Albinia Brodrick to Gobnait Ni Bhruadair, and embraced Irish...
The Rise and Demise of the Colonial Nursing Service: British Nurses in the Colonies, 1896-1966
For a period of seventy years, from 1896 to 1966, the Colonial Nursing Association (CNA) (renamed the Overseas Nursing Association [ONA] in 1919) recruited 8,400 women to work as nurses throughout the British Empire. The Association operated as a recruitment...
"The Ultimate Destination of All Nursing": The Development of District Nursing in England, 1880-1925
Florence Nightingale is chiefly remembered for the reform of hospital nursing in the late nineteenth century, but scant attention has been paid to her involvement in the establishment and development of district nursing throughout England. Nightingale...
Turn Backward, O Time: The Civil War Diary of Amanda Shelton
Turn Backward, O Time: The Civil War Diary of Amanda Shelton By Kathleen S. Hanson (Roseville, MN: Edinborough Press, 2006) (160 pages; $14.95 paper)Amanda Shelton is one of the many courageous and exceptional women usually grouped among "background"...
Unlikely Entrepreneurs: Catholic Sisters and the Hospital Marketplace, 1865-1925
Unlikely Entrepreneurs: Catholic Sisters and the Hospital Marketplace, 1865-1925 By Barbra Mann Wall (Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2005) (344 pages; $49.95 cloth)Unlikely Entrepreneurs, Barbra Mann Wall's long anticipated history of Catholic...
Unnatural Selections: Eugenics in American Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance
Unnatural Selections: Eugenics in American Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance By Daylanne K. English (Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 2004) ($49.95 cloth)In Unnatural Selections, Daylanne K. English, a professor of African-American...
When Matron Ruled
When Matron Ruled By Peter Ardern (London: Robert Hale, 2002) (256 pages; $32.50 cloth)"Nurses, in the last resort, were not expected to exercise independent judgment and were, in fact, expressly restrained from doing so, which was one reason why so...