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Historical Encyclopedia of Nursing

Tracing the evolution of nursing from Roman times to the present, this reference details important institutions and organizations, biographies of healthcare pioneers and activists, the role and growth of military nursing, and Native American healers. As well as a timeline of landmarks in nursing history, entries include: abortion, the Ancient World, Edith Cavell, nursing under communism, Nazi nurses, Florence Nightingale, Red Cross, Marie Stopes, Mother Teresa, 20th-century nursing, and both World Wars.
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Dedicated nurses have been the foot soldiers of medicine, treating battlefield casualties, caring for the poor, comforting the dying, and fighting maladies ranging from tuberculosis and polio to AIDS. This reference work takes an in depth look at significant events, eras of conflict and social change, landmark institutions, and champions of women's health.

About the Author

Mary Ellen Snodgrass is an educator and expert in classical mythology, literature, and the humanities.


"The content is well researched and the author has succeeded in compiling a great deal of historical material about nursing ... that makes this excellent encyclopedia a worthwhile reference book." - American Reference Books Annual "Belongs in academic libraries supporting nursing programs, and a handsome addition to a nurse's or nursing student's personal library." - Choice "A wonderful addition to any reference collection." - Library Journal "I highly recommend Historical Encyclopedia of Nursing for any academic library whose institution has a nursing program. Larger public libraries should also consider purchasing this fine book." - Reference & User Services Quarterly "The Historical Encyclopedia of Nursing is a joy to read. From the preface to the introduction through each and every entry, the author brings life and sensitivity to the dynamic history of nursing [and] treats the subject with the greatest of justice ... The Historical Encyclopedia of Nursing is a must for any library that holds a collection of nursing literature, women's studies, and history in general." - E-Streams "...a 'must' for any serious medical library collection..." - The Bookwatch "...the book clearly illustrates the development of nursing in North America from British and continental influences into a dynamic profession which continues to enhance the standard of nursing world wide ... this is a well written and well referenced work ... Snodgrass offers her readers a facinating insight into the development of nursing from the perspective of one of the most important providers of health care in the western world." -

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