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A Visual History
Dr. Christine Hallett; U.S. Consultant Joan E. Lynaugh, R.N., M.S.N., Ph.D., F.A.A.N. - All books by this author

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.

Highlights from Celebrating Nurses

  • Early Military Nursing in the Napoleonic wars and Florence Nightingale in the Crimean War
  • What is a Nurse? How the nursing vocation evolved into a highly respected profession
  • Surgical Nursing and the emergence of nurses in the operating room
  • The Establishment of Nursing Schools starting in 1907 when Adelaide Nutting at Columbia Teachers College in New York became the world’s first nursing professor
  • Nursing and New Technology, from the introduction of the “iron lung” for 1930s polio victims to the complex life-support systems of today

    From the reviews:
    “…The illustrations are so beautiful—depicting nursing through classical art and sculpture and in the earliest black and white photos—that this history of the profession could easily grace any personal or public library. As I turned the pages of this book, with its high quality paper that shows the illustrations to their greatest advantage, I thought what a great holiday gift this would make for any nurse or any want-to-be nurse. ... Strengthening the value of the book is the historical text—presented in short easy-to- absorb chapters—by a British nurse academic, from Manchester, UK, and a professor emerita from the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia. ...I recommend this book as a solid history and a beautiful testament to those nurses who have paved the way for today's caregivers...”
    —Gail O. Guterl, ADVANCE

    About The Authors:
    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.


    Hardcover w/jacket / 192 Pages / 8 1/2 x 10 1/2 / 2010


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