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From the PublisherThis book should be read by historians of technology and medical and nursing historians.
American Historical Review "Make[s] a valuable contribution to the history of technology and the history of nursing."—###Isis# "This elegantly written book is one of the best histories of nursing available today. ###Devices and Desires# is one of the best case studies of the impact of technology on work that I have ever read; it will make a profound contribution to the literature on labor history. Sandelowski is philosophically acute, especially when she explores the nature of human/machine interactions. Readers who are interested in gender studies will also be fascinated by this exploration of gender and technological change."—Ruth Schwartz Cowan, State University of New York at Stony Brook "Margarete Sandelowski's latest book, ###Devices and Desires#, continues her groundbreaking scholarship on technology and its relationships with nursing and the care of patients. Sandelowski employs the perspective of time to illuminate her themes of the 'promise and paradox' of technology and caregiving. This book is a must read for all concerned with competent, compassionate care and for all who hope to better understand the world we work and live in."—Joan E. Lynaugh, University of Pennsylvania
[A] unique exploration of the impact of technology on nursing care.
A first-rate book that anyone interested in health care should be familiar with.
Bulletin of the History of Medicine
Sandelowski expands and deepens our understanding of both nursing and technology.
Technology and Culture
This brilliant book shows just how much the 'charitable, devotional and altruistic' image of the nurse conceals.