This well researched book provides an interesting study of the development of fever hospitals and fever nursing, mainly in nineteenth and twentieth century Britain. It provides new insights into the development of nursing roles and nurse education and looks at the lives of key figures at that time.
The text examines how this once important branch of the nursing profession emerged in the nineteenth century, only to be discarded in the second half of the following century. Drawing on the work of Goffman and Foucault, the study shows how, aided by medical advances, fever nurses transformed their custodial duties into a therapeutic role and how training schemes were implemented to improve the recruitment and retention of nurses. As standards of living improved and patient’s chances of recovery increased, many fever hospitals became redundant and fever nurses were no longer required. The wisdom of creating fever hospitals and then disbanding them is questioned in the light of changing disease patterns, international travel and the threat posed by biological warfare.
Table of Contents
1. Introduction 2. Institutional Care and the Development of Fever Nursing 3. State Registration to the Decline of Fever Nursing 4. The Reality of Fever and Nursing 5. Smallpox Nursing 6. Fever Nurse Cavell in the 1890s 7. Two Influential Fever Nurses 8. Conclusion
Margaret Currie, a registered general nurse, nurse tutor, and recently a senior lecturer at the University of Luton, has carried out extensive research into fever hospitals and fever nursing, and lectured on the subject in Britain and Canada. Her publications include articles on fever and smallpox nursing and she is a contributor to the Dictionary of National Biography (2004). She is currently Health Care Historian at the Luton and Dunstable Hospital NHS Trust and a Senior Research Fellow (Hon) at the University of Luton.