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Nursing, the Finest Art: An Illustrated History, 3rd Edition
M. Patricia Donahue
Hardcover, 416 pages
Dimensions: 12.2" x 9.4"
Mosby / Elsevier
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As a gift, this is perfect for all nurses with an interest in the history of their profession and an appreciation of fine artwork.
This is a beautifully illustrated coverage of the social, political, and economic history of nursing from its origins to contemporary practice. It traces the social, political, and economic history of nursing from its origins through contemporary practice. Designed for nurses in all specialties and settings, this edition includes new material on nurses' involvement in recent world events; more international nursing information; and updated and expanded content on the historical significance of nursing associations. Perfect for all nurses with an interest in the history of their profession and an appreciation of fine artwork.
New material includes nurses' involvement in recent events throughout the world, and increased coverage of developments in international nursing. New and more images of nursing history throughout the world! This elegantly produced volume is illustrated with 441 photos of people and places and reproductions of works of art, about half in color, and many full-page or half-page. The contents include:
Table of Contents
1 The Origin of Nursing 1 2 Ancient Civilizations 25 3 Nursing in a Christian World 69 4 Nursing in a Changing World: Aristocratic and Military Influences 111 5 Nursing in Transition: The Dark Period and the Dawn of Modern Times 151 6 The Development of Nursing in America 213 7 Advancing Toward New Frontiers 293 8 Nurses in Action: Wars of the Twentieth Century 349 9 The Age of Expansion 405 10 An Era of Change and Challenge 443 11 Contact and Diversity 475 List of Plates 505 References 511 Selected Bibliography 517 Index
The bibliography is extensive. This is a very nice book. The perfect gift for any nurse, celebrating the wonderful profession of caring for others.
"The history of nursing is essentially a story of women and reflects their subjugated condition in various times and places. In Europe nurses indoctrinated by the Church from 300 A.D. onward were trained in passivity, humility and disregard for self. Male physicians in 19th century America saw midwifery as a threat to their profession and crushed this female vocation... Russac, an archivist for Sotheby's, has pulled together hundreds of sprightly illustrations ranging from Judy Chicago to Rembrandt. The pictures lavishly amplify the text even when they are not from the era being discussed." - Publishers Weekly
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