Celebrating Nurses: A Visual History

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This refreshing narrative history of nursing marks an exception to standard, often dry academic descriptions of the nursing profession. It presents dramatic, highly readable illustrated stories of nursing’s pioneering, often heroic leaders. Following an account of early nineteenth-century nursing practice during the Napoleonic Wars, the book goes on to highlight the life and work of Florence Nightingale who, in the 1850s, elevated nursing to a respected branch of medicine when she served on the Crimean War’s battlefields. Also chronicled are the contributions to nursing by Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross, and the poet Walt Whitman during the American Civil War. Surgical nursing first became important in the late nineteenth century, following discoveries by Robert Koch in Germany and Louis Pasteur in France of germ theory and infection control. Early twentieth-century accounts chronicle the origin of public health services, and include the story of Adelaide Nutting, the world’s first professor of nursing at Columbia Teacher’s College in New York. Here too is the story of Edith Cavell, who was executed for helping Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during World War I. Nursing’s contributions during World War II, as well as in the Korean and Vietnam wars are also described in several vivid accounts. A concluding chapter explains how twenty-first-century nursing has expanded to cover many duties that were once the responsibility of junior doctors. The book’s absorbing text is complemented with approximately 200 illustrations and photos.

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Dramatic illustrated stories of nursing's pioneering figures

Revealing pictures, historic letters, fascinating facts, and oral testimonies from nurses of the past and present are brought together in this remarkable history of the nursing profession. You'll read about--

  • Florence Nightingale, who elevated nursing to a respected profession during the Crimean War
  • Clara Barton, founder of the American Red Cross
  • Walt Whitman, a poet who turned to nursing during the American Civil War
  • Adelaide Nutting, the world's first professor of nursing
  • Edith Cavell, the heroic British nurse in German-occupied Belgium during World War I

    This vividly-told history of nursing is carried to the present day with a fascinating account of how twenty-first-century nursing has expanded to encompass high technology and covers many duties once considered the responsibility of doctors.

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    Celebrating Nurses
    A Visual History

    Dr. Christine Hallett
    U.S. Consultant Joan E. Lynaugh, R.N., M.S.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N.

    This highly readable narrative history of the nursing profession is complemented with nearly 200 dramatic photos and illustrations. Amid gunfire on Civil War battlefields, nurse Clara Barton said: "I may be compelled to face danger, but never fear it, and while our soldiers can stand and fight, I can stand and feed and nurse them." Here too is the story of Edith Cavell, who was executed after helping Allied soldiers escape from German-occupied Belgium during World War I. Nursing's contributions during World War II, as well as in the Korean, Vietnam, and Middle East wars are also described in several vivid accounts. But just as important have been nursing's peacetime achievements. In America's crowded cities during the early years of the twentieth century, public health nursing developed as a means to fight infection and poverty in disadvantaged neighborhoods. This was a time when germ theory was first emerging, and the advice offered by visiting nurses on hygiene, cleanliness, and good diet saved thousands of lives. Celebrating Nurses is an inspiring chronicle of a glorious and valued profession, and an important contribution to the literature of medical practice.

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    Dr. Christine Hallett, Ph.D.
    is a Registered Nurse and the Director of the Center for the History of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Manchester, U.K. She also holds fellowships with the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal Society for the Arts, U.K.
    Joan E. Lynaugh, Ph.D., R.N., is Professor Emerita of the School of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania and the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing.

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    Dr. Christine Hallett, Ph.D. is a Registered Nurse and the Director of the Center for the History of Nursing and Midwifery at the University of Manchester, U.K. She also holds fellowships with the Royal Society of Medicine and the Royal Society for the Arts, U.K.

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