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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Diane M Tomasic, EdD, RN (Slippery Rock University )
Description: This book provides an explanation of existential philosophy and phenomological methods. This book is unique in its philosphical basis of Merleau-Ponty and its thorough coverage of the major existential grounds as described by existential phenomenological thought.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide the reader with the opportunity to experience vicariously the lived experiences of patients and make meaning of them within the context of nursing practice. The authors do a fine job in meeting this purpose.
Audience: The target audience for this book is graduate nursing students and faculty who are interested in existential phenomenological thought and research methodology. The authors are directly involved in phenomenologic research so the level of expertise is high.
Features: The book consists of five major sections. The first section introduces the reader to existential philosophy and phenomenolgical approach and its relevance to nursing practice. The second section examines philosophy, theory, and research about the body. The third section explores the human experience of other people. The fourth and fifth sections address topics of time and work respectively. The first chapter of each section provides the basis for the remaining chapters in the section. The remaining chapters in sections two to five are original qualitative research studies.
Assessment: This book would be quite useful as a reference for the graduate student planning to conduct phenomenological research.