Nursing History Review

Nursing History Review is a nursing journal focusing on nursing history

Articles from Vol. 14, 2006

Against the Spirit of System: The French Impulse in Nineteenth-Century American Medicine
Against the Spirit of System: The French Impulse in Nineteenth-Century American Medicine By John Harley Warner (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003) (427 pages; $24.95 paper)John Harley Warner's Against the Spirit of System: The French Impulse...
American Nightingale: The Story of Frances Slanger, Forgotten Heroine of Normandy
American Nightingale: The Story of Frances Slanger, Forgotten Heroine of Normandy By Bob Welch (New York: Atria Press, 2004) (308 pages; $22.00 paper)Just after the Normandy invasion in 1944, an American Army nurse, second lieutenant Frances Slanger,...
Any Friend of the Movement: Networking for Birth Control, 1920-1940
Any Friend of the Movement: Networking for Birth Control, 1920-1940 By Jimmy Elaine Wilkinson Meyer (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2004) (297 pages: $54.95 cloth, $9.95 CD)In Any Friend of the Movement: Networking for Birth Control, 1920-1940,...
Beyond the Reproductive Body: The Politics of Women's Health and Work in Early Victorian England
Beyond the Reproductive Body: The Politics of Women's Health and Work in Early Victorian England By Marjorie Levine-Clark (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2004) (256 pages; $69.95 cloth; $24.95 paper)Beyond the Reproductive Body unites a study...
Bodies in a Broken World: Women Novelists of Color and the Politics of Medicine
Bodies in a Broken World: Women Novelists of Color and the Politics of Medicine By Ann Folwell Stanford (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2003) (266 pages; $49.95, cloth; $19.95, paper)Bodies in a Broken World adds a unique approach...
Brush with Death: A Social History of Lead Poisoning/Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution
Brush with Death: A Social History of Lead Poisoning By Christian Warren (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2001) (384 pages; $25 paper)Deceit and Denial: The Deadly Politics of Industrial Pollution By Gerald Markowitz and David Rosner (Berkeley:...
"Carrying Ointments and Even Pills!" Medicines in the Work of Henry Street Settlement Visiting Nurses, 1893-1944
We turned into Sufolk Street and walked south several blocks. . . . The tenement was an uncommonly clean one . . . the sickroom was crowded with sympathetic neighbors. . . . The first case was a four year old girl with grave pneumonia. She was at a stage...
Connecting the Dots: Biography Shapes Nursing History
I was asked to write about what biography means and its relationship to the biographies published in this edition of the Nursing History Review (NHR). To accomplish this task, I have spent the better part of a year reviewing biographical method papers...
Dark Remedy: The Impact of Thalidomide and Its Revival as a Vital Medicine
Dark Remedy: The Impact of Thalidomide and Its Revival as a Vital Medicine By Rock Brynner and Trent Stephens (Cambridge, MA: Perseus Publishing, 2001) (228 pages; $16.00 paper)While reading Rock Brynner and Trent Stephens' analysis of the mid-century...
Florence Nightingale and the Health of the Raj
Florence Nightingale and the Health of the Raj By Jharna Gourlay (Hants, England: Ashgate Publishing Limited, 2003) (305 pages; $114.95/£60 cloth)While it may be well known that Florence Nightingale concerned herself with the health affairs of India...
Florence Nightingale on Public Health Care
Florence Nightingale on Public Health Care Edited by Lynn McDonald (Waterloo, Ontario: Wilfred Laurier University Press, 2004) (701 pages, $95.00 cloth)Florence Nightingale on Public Health Care is the sixth volume of the Collected Works of Florence...
Folk Medicine in Southern Appalachia
Folk Medicine in Southern Appalachia By Anthony Cavender (Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Press, 2003) (266 pages; $55 cloth; $19.95 paper)In Folk Medicine in Southern Appalachia, Anthony Cavender aims to increase our understanding of traditional...
Frances U. Reiter and the Graduate School of Nursing at the New York Medical College, 1960-1973
In 1960, at the age of fifty-six, Frances U. Reiter (Figure 1) became dean of the newly established Graduate School of Nursing, New York Medical College, Flower and Fifth Avenue Hospitals.1 For Reiter, this bold venture in professional nursing education...
Handling the Sick: The Women of St. Luke's and the Nature of Nursing, 1892-1937
Handling the Sick: The Women of St. Luke's and the Nature of Nursing, 1892-1937 By Tom Olson and Eileen Walsh (Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2004) (225 pages; $49.95, cloth)In brief, this is the history of the School of Nursing at St. Luke's...
Herbal Diplomats: The Contribution of Early American Nurses (1830-1860) to Nineteenth-Century Health Care Reform and the Botanical Medical Movement
Herbal Diplomats: The Contribution of Early American Nurses (1830-1860) to Nineteenth-Century Health Care Reform and the Botanical Medical Movement By Martha M. Libster West Lafayette, IN: Golden Apple Publications, 2004) (386 pages; $37.00 cloth)Herbal...
Industry and Autonomy in Early Occupational Health Nursing: The Welfare Officers of the Lancashire Cotton Mills in the Mid-Twentieth Century
In her incisive study What Makes Women Sick, Lesley Doyal observed that women throughout the world have long been employed in hazardous industries, often for lower pay than their male counterparts, and often in nonunionized workforces.1 A number of authors...
In Memoriam: Josephine A. Dolan, 27 July 1913-4 December 2004
A RARE AND BEAUTIFUL SOULJosephine A. Dolan, who graced this earth for ninety-one years, died on December 4, 2004 in her home in Westborough, Massachusetts surrounded by family.Josephine, better known as "Jo," or more formally as "Miss Dolan" by the...
Locating Medical History: The Stories and Their Meanings
Locating Medical History: The Stories and Their Meanings Edited by Frank Huisman and John Harley Warner (Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2004) (507 pages; $45.00 cloth)It is never easy to produce a methodological synthesis because most disciplines...
Maria Stromberger: A Nurse in the Resistance in Auschwitz
During World War II, Maria Stromberger (Figure 1) was employed, by her own choice, as the Oberschwester (head nurse) in the SS (Schutzstaffel, Nazi security Staff) infirmary of Auschwitz, one of Nazi Germany's most infamous concentration camps. While...
Mental Retardation in America: A Historical Reader
Mental Retardation in America: A Historical Reader Edited by Steven Noll and James W. Trent, Jr. (New York: New York University Press, 2004) (513 pages; $24.00 paper)Mental Retardation in America: A Historical Reader is a diverse collection of essays...
Mildred Tuttle: Private Initiative and Public Response in Nursing Education after World War II
I have long reflected on the complicated intersection between private sector initiatives and public policy, especially as it relates to nursing and health care here in the United States. We really have no overarching philosophy of health care in this...
"Officer. Nurse. Woman." Army Nurse Corps Recruitment for the Vietnam War
In April 1969, the American Journal of Nursing (AJN) ran a U.S. Army advertisement featuring the headline "Officer. Nurse. Woman." In it stood a young, smiling, attractive nurse wearing combat fatigues and carrying surgical scissors in her pocket. This...
Old Paint: A Medical History of Childhood Lead-Paint Poisoning in the United States to 1980
Old Paint: A Medical History of Childhood Lead-Paint Poisoning in the United States to 1980 By Peter C. English New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 2001) (255 pages; $69.00 cloth)In the prologue of Old Paint, author Peter English describes the...
Out of the Ivory Tower: Feminist Research for Social Change
Out of the Ivory Tower: Feminist Research for Social Change Edited by Andrea Martinez and Meryn Stuart (Toronto: Sumach Press, 2003) (360 pages; $26.95 paper, Canada; $22.95 paper, U.S.)The collected essays in Andrea Martinez and Meryn Stuart's anthology,...
Postcards of Nursing: A Worldwide Tribute
Postcards of Nursing: A Worldwide Tribute By Michael Zwerdling (Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, 2004) (360 pages; $65.00, cloth)This is a beautiful book, both as art and as material history, replete with an amazing array of postcards...
Rheumatic Fever in America and Britain: A Biological, Epidemiological, and Medical History
Rheumatic Fever in America and Britain: A Biological, Epidemiological, and Medical History By Peter C. English (New Brunswick, NJ: Rutgers University Press, 1999) (320 pages; $65 cloth)In the late 1950s, when I began my career as a pediatric nurse, rheumatic...
Splendid Scope for Public Service: Leading the London County Council Nursing Service, 1929-1948
In its landmark 2000 National Health Service (NHS) Plan, the government of Prime Minister Tony Blair acknowledged that the success of its agenda for reform and modernization of the NHS depended on the involvement of the staff.1 Thirty-five thousand extra...
Textual Analysis as a Method for Historians of Nursing
An alternative form of qualitative methodology for academic research involves a critical reading of texts that looks beyond a work's surface to see its contents as a form of argument with certain presuppositions. Textual analysis as a methodology is...
The Crimean Journals of the Sisters of Mercy, 1854-56
The Crimean Journals of the Sisters of Mercy, 1854-56 Edited by Maria Luddy (Dublin, Ireland: Four Courts Press, 2004) (260 pages; 55 euros/£50/$55 cloth)Fifteen mostly Irish women religious journeyed to Crimea in 1854 under the leadership of Mother...
The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis
The Doctors' Plague: Germs, Childbed Fever, and the Strange Story of Ignac Semmelweis By Sherwin B. Nuland (New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2003) (191 pages; $21.95 cloth; $13.95 paper)"Wash your hands." These three words are spoken countless times...
The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History
The Great Influenza: The Epic Story of the Deadliest Plague in History By John M. Barry (East Rutherford, NJ: Viking Press, 2005) (560 pages; $29.95 cloth; $16.00 paper)In the midst of a proclaimed flu vaccine shortage in the United States, it is a bit...
The Sinai Nurse: A History of Nursing at the Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, New York, 1852-2000
The Sinai Nurse: A History of Nursing at The Mount Sinai Hospital, New York, New York, 1852-2000 By Marjoric GuIIa Lewis and Sylvia M. Barker (West Kennebunk, ME: Phoenix Publishing, 2001) (196 pages; $20.00 cloth)The Mount Sinai Hospital is one of the...
The Third Reich in the Pages of the American Journal of Nursing, 1932-1950
Until the early 1990s, there had been little research in the United States on nursings involvement in the Third Reich and the Holocaust. German historian Hilde Steppe's work, for example, was first published in the United States in 1992.' Recent studies...
Transplant: From Myth to Reality
Transplant: From Myth to Reality By Nicholas L. Tilney (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2003) (320 pages; $30.00 cloth)Replacing diseased organs with healthy functional ones has been a goal of medical science from the beginning of history to the...
Upper Social Strata Women in Nursing in Turkey
The development of nursing education in Turkey was influenced by the twentieth-century political changes that encouraged the involvement of women in social life in Turkey. This study examines this development, beginning in the early twentieth century,...
Venny Snellman, Finnish Nurses, and Rockefeller Foundation Support, 1929-1956
This paper describes how the Rockefeller Foundation finally came to take an interest in Finland. All sources point to the same conclusion: it was the Finnish nursing leader Venny Snellman who opened the door for the cooperation between Finland's Healthcare...
Women, Health, and Nation
Women, Health, and Nation Edited by Georgina Feldberg, Molly Ladd-Taylor, Alison Li, and Kathryn McPherson (Montreal and Kingston: McGill-Queens University Press, 2003) (446 pages; $75.00 cloth; $22.95 paper)Women, Health, and Nation is a collection...