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Routledge Handbook on the Global History of Nursing NIP

1st Edition

Edited by Patricia D'Antonio, Julie A. Fairman, Jean C. Whelan


270 pages

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A CHOICE Outstanding Academic Title 2014!

2014 winner of the American Association for the History of Nursing’s Mary M. Roberts Award for Exemplary Historical Research and Writing!

The Routledge Handbook on the Global History of Nursing brings together leading scholars and scholarship to capture the state of the art and science of nursing history, as a generation of researchers turn to the history of nursing with new paradigms and methodological tools.

Inviting readers to consider new understandings of the historical work and worth of nursing in a larger global context, this ground-breaking volume illuminates how research into the history of nursing moves us away from a reductionist focus on diseases and treatments and towards more inclusive ideas about the experiences of illnesses on individuals, families, communities, voluntary organizations, and states at the bedside and across the globe. An extended introduction by the editors provides an overview and analyzes the key themes involved in the transmission of ideas about the care of the sick. Organized into four parts, and addressing nursing around the globe, it covers:

  • New directions in the history of nursing;
  • New methodological approaches;
  • The politics of nursing knowledge;
  • Nursing and its relationship to social practice.

Exploring themes of people, practice, politics and places, this cutting edge volume brings together the best of nursing history scholarship, and is a vital reference for all researchers in the field, and is also relevant to those studying on nursing history and health policy courses.


‘Each article is well written and extensively documented. The editors/nurse historians have selected stellar pieces of historical research to craft a cutting-edge work that will be appreciated by undergraduates, graduates, and researchers of nursing, nursing history, and health policy. Summing Up: Highly recommended. All nursing students, researchers/faculty, and professionals/practitioners.’D.B. Hamilton, emerita, Western Michigan University, in CHOICE, March 2014

Table of Contents

Section 1: New Directions in the Global History of Nursing 1. 19th – early 20th Century Colonialism Winifred C. Connerton 2. Wartime Nursing and PowerKara Dixon Vuic Section 2: New Methodological Approaches in the History of Nursing 3. Nurses and Nursing in Literary and Cultural Studies Thomas Lawrence Long 4. Commemorating Canadian Nurse Casualties During and After the First World War: Nurses’ Perspective Dianne Dodd 5. Searching for Connectivity: Using Historical Methods and Social Network Analysis to Uncover New Discoveries in Community Organizing J. Margo Brooks Carthon and Katherine Abbott Section 3: The Politics of Nursing Knowledge 6. "Intelligent interest in their own affairs": The First World War, The British Journal of Nursing and the Pursuit of Nursing Knowledge Christine E. Hallett 7. Engendering Health: Pronatalist Politics and the History of Nursing and Midwifery in Colonial Senegal, 1914-1967 Jonathan Cole8. Windsor’s Metropolitan Demonstration School and the Reform of Nursing Education in Canada, 1944-1970 Steven Palmer 9. Conflicting Christian and Scientific Nursing Concepts in West Germany, 1945–1970 Susanne Kreutzer Section 4: Nursing and the "Practice Turn" 10. Protestant Nursing Care in Germany in the 19th Century – Concepts and Social Practice Karen Nolte 11. Agentes de Enlace: Nursing Professionalization and Public Health in 1940s and 1950s Argentina Jonathan Hagood 12. A Mission to Nurse: The Mission Hospital’s Role in the Development of Nursing in South Africa c. 1948-1975 Helen Sweet 13. Nursing and the "Hearts and Minds" Campaign: The Malayan Emergency, 1948-1958 Rosemary Wall and Anne Marie Rafferty 14. Community Mental Health post-1950: Reconsidering Nurses’ and Consumers’ Identity Geertje Boschma

About the Editors

Patricia D’Antonio is Killebrew-Centis Endowed Term Chair in Undergraduate Nursing Education, and Chair at the Department of Family and Community Health at the University of Pennsylvania, USA. She is the editor of the Nursing History Review, official journal of the American Association for the History of Nursing.

Julie A. Fairman is Nightingale Professor of Nursing and Director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Jean C. Whelan is Adjunct Associate Professor of Nursing and the Assistant Director of the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at the University of Pennsylvania, USA.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Social History
MEDICAL / History
MEDICAL / Nursing / Research & Theory