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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: LaVerne Gallman, RN, PhD (University of Texas at Austin School of Nursing)
Description: This is an interesting and inspiring pictorial presentation and study of 100 years of nursing. Well-known nurse leaders provide an exemplary synthesis of information about major events in social, political, and scientific arenas that bring change.
Purpose: The purpose is to show the development of nursing as a profession during tremendous social and political change, war, and the explosion of knowledge through scientific discovery.
Audience: This is an excellent resource for nursing students, educators, practitioners, and others interested in nursing. This creative approach would be of interest to diverse groups.
Features: Major events that changed healthcare are depicted in black-and-white and color photos, along with a concise statement about the picture. Synthesis of information about noteworthy happenings is presented in commentaries by well-known nurse leaders. The changing roles of nurses are evident in the pictures. The book depicts the phenomenal changes in nursing as it moved to professional status.
Assessment: The pictorial study of nursing history is interesting and inspiring. The commentaries are insightful, clear, concise, and cogent. This is a wonderful depiction of nursing evolving into a profession that is sometimes moved forward very rapidly by major events happening in society. The flow of ideas is smooth. The inclusion of photos of outstanding leaders during the century enhances the reader's interest.