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Nursing and Humanities

1st Edition

By Graham McCaffrey


192 pages

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Hardback: 9780367347765
pub: 2020-02-25
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Nursing and Humanities offers a way to think through the relationship between nursing and the humanities, in the context of the pluralistic nature of a practice profession that requires exact scientific and technical knowledge applied in complex, dynamic situations of human relating. It outlines the many ways in which the humanities have long been part of nurses’ lives and builds a framework for a more explicit understanding of the value of the humanities for nursing. This innovative account draws on developments in neuroscience, on philosophical debates about subjective experience, and on the complex reality of practice itself to develop a rich, contextualized account of nursing humanities that avoids the trap of a binary opposition between arts and sciences and makes a strong argument for the continued value of humanities in nursing. Nursing and Humanities is an important read for all those interested in the philosophy, nature and history of nursing, as well as the medical and health humanities more broadly.

Table of Contents

Introduction. 1. Nursing and the Humanities:Medical and Health Humanities 2. Nursing and Humanities: History and Uses 3. What is Nursing? 4. Epistemic Differences in Nursing 5. Cognitive Science and Experience 6. Compassion and the Pharmakon of the Health Humanities 7. Prose and Poetry in Nursing 8.Nursing, Buddhism, Interdependence 9.Nursing and Humanities in the Age of the Post-Human 10. Conclusion

About the Author

Graham McCaffrey is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Nursing, University of Calgary, Canada. He is Assistant Editor for the Journal of Applied Hermeneutics.

About the Series

Routledge Research in Nursing and Midwifery

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
MEDICAL / Health Care Delivery
MEDICAL / Nursing / Issues
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Disease & Health Issues