Academic journal article Creative Nursing

Nursing, the Finest Art: An Illustrated History (3Rd Ed.)

Academic journal article Creative Nursing

Nursing, the Finest Art: An Illustrated History (3Rd Ed.)

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Nursing, the Finest Art: An Illustrated History (3rd ed.) M. Patricia Donahue, PhD, RN, FAAN. Maryland Heights, MI: Mosby. 2011, 349 pages, $36.27

Nursing, the Finest Art: An Illustrated History is informative and inspiring. As a nurse, I was inspired by the rich, extensive history of nursing presented in the book. Donahue states that references to the practice of nursing have been found in writings dated 4,500 years before the birth of Christ. Little is known about the role of the nurse in prehistory; however, it is not surprising that the origins of nursing began with nurturing and caring for others. Ancient Babylonian writings frequently referred to the practice of midwifery and providing care for the sick; in these writings, there are "pictorial scenes portraying the role of the nurse assisting the patient" (p. 19).

Dr. Donahue states that touch has always been an important part of nursing but notes the difficulty in portraying this characteristic. She cites specific artwork portraying touch in various ways: a loving touch (p. 197), a comforting touch (p. 193), and a healing touch (p. 235).

Each section of the book begins with an educational time line that describes significant events occurring in nursing, as well as in medicine and health care, science and technology, and the visual arts and daily life. …

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