This book emerged from a conference that took place in the shadow of Arthur's Seat in Edinburgh in July 2000. The conference was planned to celebrate a new millennium and the launch of the UK Centre for the History of Nursing. Our thanks go to all those who attended that conference and particularly to all the contributors to this volume. We are especially grateful to Anne Digby, who first inspired us to consider editing a selection of the conference papers, and to Anne Marie Rafferty, who encouraged us to persevere in our search for a publisher. This volume is the result.
The editors are donating royalties from this book to the UK Centre for the History of Nursing.