Academic journal article The Canadian Journal of Native Studies

American Indian Health and Nursing

Academic journal article The Canadian Journal of Native Studies

American Indian Health and Nursing

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Margaret P. Moss, (ed.), American Indian Health and Nursing. New York: Springer Publishing, 2015. 399 pages. ISBN: 978-0-8261-2984-0. $70.00 USD paperback.

Margaret P. Moss is an enrolled member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nations. She has endeavored to create an extraordinary textbook that addresses the historical and national impact of healthcare and nursing on the American Indian. Furthermore, as mentioned by Moss, this textbook is the first of its kind to be written from an Indigenous perspective, thus providing readers with a rich culturally-based resource. Most chapters are written by authors who have a strong affiliation with the different American Indian Nations. Two non-Indian contributors are considered strong allies and experts in their respective areas.

Honoring American Indian culture and tradition, various tribes are presented within the text according to their geographical location and their relationship to the four directions, starting with tribes in the east and ending with tribes in the north. Each chapter covers the four domains of Indigenous health: physical, mental, spiritual, and emotional while adhering to a distinct format that enhances learning. Useful websites are also included.

Each chapter is relevant to nine specific cultural areas of tribal nations and provides detailed information. This includes a historical overview regarding traditional medicine, the delivery and impact of contemporary Western medicine, health disparities in policy, law, and the social determinants of health, and finally culturally-relevant suggestions for nurses working in the different locations throughout the United States. …

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