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No Place Like Home sets out to determine why home care, despite its potential as a cost-effective alternative to institutional care, remains a marginalized experiment in care giving. Nurse and historian Karen Buhler-Wilkerson traces the history of home care from its nineteenth-century origins in organized visiting nurses' associations, through a time when professional home care nearly disappeared, on to the 1960s, when a new wave of home care gathered force as physicians, hospital managers, and policy makers responded to economic mandates. Buhler-Wilkerson links local ideas about the formation and function of home-based services to national events and health care agendas, and she gives special attention to care of the "dangerous" sick, particularly poor immigrants with infectious diseases, and the "uninteresting" sick-those with chronic illnesses.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780801873188
ISBN-10: 0801873185
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 16mm)
Pages: 312
Imprint: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publisher: Johns Hopkins University Press
Publish Date: 7-Mar-2003
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Karen Buhler-Wilkerson

Karen Buhler-Wilkerson is a professor of community health and director of the Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.