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Description - New Directions in Nursing History by Susan McGann

This collection of essays demonstrates the international scope of history of nursing scholarship today, encompassing studies from Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, Canada and Europe. The authors examine the social and ethical issues which challenge nurses and midwives in different cultures; the transcultural issues which arise when carers move from one culture to another; and the process of professionalization for women over three centuries. The book highlights the significance of nursing in the history of women's lives and work. Each chapter contributes to our understanding of the importance of the political world in which nurses and midwives work.
Topics covered include: *The autobiographies of two Crimean War nurses *The founding of the Norwegian Nurses Association *Conflict between nurses/midwives and medical men in 18th century Britain *Sanba (midwives) and their clients in 20th century Japan *Professional tensions between doctors and nurses in the USA *Industrial action in a mission hospital in South Africa *Community nursing in Nazi Germany *West Indian immigrant nurses' experience in Canada and Britain *The image of nurses through the eyes of British advertisers *Pioneering work by midwives in New Zealand in the 20th century This will make fascinating reading for students and researchers in the history of medicine and nursing, women's history and cultural history.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780415304337
ISBN-10: 0415304334
Format: Hardback
(234mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 224
Imprint: Routledge
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Publish Date: 20-Dec-2004
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Susan McGann

Barbara Mortimer is a nurse and a historian. She has an extensive network of international contacts among historians of nursing. Susan McGann is a historian and has worked in archives for 20 years; she is currently archivist of the Royal College of Nursing of the UK. The editors founded the UK Centre for the History of Nursing in 2000. This has now become the principal focus for historians of nursing in the UK.

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