Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not

Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not

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by Florence Nightingale
     
 

No one knows if Florence Nightingale deliberately set out to become a nursing champion, but it is clear that the 1859 publication of her book Notes on Nursing: What It Is, And What It Is Not secured her place in nursing history. By the author's own admission, the work was not written as a training manual for nurses.

Yet in many ways, this classic book,See more details below

Overview

No one knows if Florence Nightingale deliberately set out to become a nursing champion, but it is clear that the 1859 publication of her book Notes on Nursing: What It Is, And What It Is Not secured her place in nursing history. By the author's own admission, the work was not written as a training manual for nurses.

Yet in many ways, this classic book, which was a best seller when issued and has been continuously in print since it was published 150 years ago, defines the precepts that became the prototype for contemporary nursing practice, provides a compelling historical perspective on the evolution of healthcare delivery, and provides an intimate glimpse into the Victorian Age. Although nurses no longer empty chamber pots, open chimney flues, or worry about their crinoline skirts catching fire, they may be interested to find among Nightingale's writings such modern-day concepts as the mind-body connection, plant therapy, and pet therapy.

About the Author
Born in 1820 in Florence, Italy, to a wealthy aristocratic family, Florence Nightingale seemed an unlikely candidate for a social reformer and nursing advocate. She was a sickly child who showed an insatiable intellectual curiosity at an early age and a restless spirit that was ill suited to the society life for which she was reared. Uncharacteristically for the times, she received a formal education from her father and chose an occupation common for women of the lower classes.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781108020619
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
08/19/2010
Series:
Cambridge Library Collection - History of Medicine Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
246
Sales rank:
1,100,469
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Introductory; 1. Ventilation and warming; 2. Health of houses; 3. Petty management; 4. Noise; 5. Variety; 6. Taking food; 7. What food; 8. Bed and bedding; 9. Light; 10. Cleanliness of rooms and walls; 11. Personal cleanliness; 12. Chattering hopes and advices; 13. Observation of the sick; Conclusion; Supplementary chapter.

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