Nursing, The Finest Art: An Illustrated History / Edition 3

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Overview

Take a fascinating, vibrantly illustrated journey through nursing! Journey through the nursing profession with Nursing, the Finest Art: An Illustrated History, 3rd Edition, by M. Patricia Donahue. This new edition traces the social, political and economic history of nursing from its origins through contemporary practice with over 400 fine art images and unique timelines that offer an ‘at a glance’ view of nursing through the ages. Almost 90% of the artwork is new, and new units include The Nursing Transformation, The Healing Spirit of Nursing, and A Global View of Nursing and Healthcare. The perfect gift for any nurse, celebrating the wonderful profession of caring for others.

  • Over 400 fine art images encompassing nurses in history through present time and around the globe.
  • Timelines summarizing each era at a glance before each chapter let you know where to find key information about nursing history and facilitate easy review.
  • 4 all-new units focusing on:

    • The Nursing Transformation
    • The Healing Spirit of Nursing
    • A Global View of Nursing and Healthcare
    • An Epilogue, bringing closure to the text
  • Foreword written by renowned historian Joan E. Lynaugh, PhD, RN; Professor Emeritus; University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing
  • New and more images of nursing history throughout the world

The book contains both black-and-white and color illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Ann Kuckelman Cobb
This book is a second edition of a history of nursingthat emphasizes the art of nursing through lavish color illustrationsof works of art. It appears 10 years after the first edition, with twonew chapters focusing on healthcare reform and global issues innursing. The 11 chapters cover the origins of nursing in ""primitive""cultures, through ancient civilizations to the present. The authorarticulates both an historical and an esthetic aim. Although nursingis both art and science, the emphasis has been on science. The authorintends to redress this imbalance by calling attention to the creativeand the imaginative in the role of the nurse as it has evolved overtime. The book is meant as a supplement to both art courses andnursing courses. The intended audience is not only nurses, but alllovers of art. Because it is oversize, glossy, and expensive, it isimpractical as a nursing history textbook. It is more in the genre ofthe art history text or the gift book. The author has taught historyof nursing courses since 1973 and is currently working on a biographyof Isabel Maitland Stewart, an early 20th century nursingleader. This second edition contains some new art selections andothers have been eliminated. References, bibliography, and a list ofplates appear at the back of the text. Especially helpful are theinformative timelines at the beginning of each chapter, identifyingchanges in daily life, science and technology, the visual arts,medicine and health care, and nursing, for the time period covered inthat chapter. This book is a visual feast beautifully produced, witha pleasing balance between text and illustrations. The addition of thetwo final chapters and the selection of new artwork enhances both thehistorical and visual content. The historiography is straightforwardand without interpretive frame.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
The history of nursing is essentially a story of women and reflects their subjugated condition in various times and places. In Europe nurses indoctrinated by the Church from 300 A.D. onward were trained in passivity, humility and disregard for self. Male physicians in 19th century America saw midwifery as a threat to their profession and crushed this female vocation. Donahue, a professor at the University of Iowa College of Nursing, demonstrates that nurses or healers often enjoyed a high status in Asian cultures and among ``primitive'' peoples. Modern developments such as team nursing and specialization are cursorily examined. Written in textbook style, this volume is marred by superficial coverage and occasionally sloppy writing. The dull prose fails to bring the story to life. Russac, an archivist for Sotheby's, has pulled together hundreds of sprightly illustrations ranging from Judy Chicago to Rembrandt. The pictures lavishly amplify the text even when they are not from the era being discussed. (March)
Booknews
New edition of an elegantly produced volume that traces the social, political, and economic history of nursing from its origins through contemporary practice. Illustrated with 441 photos of people and places and reproductions of works of art--about half in color, and many full- or half-page. The bibliography is extensive. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Doody's Review Service
Reviewer: Ann Kuckelman Cobb, RN, PhD (University of Kansas School of Nursing)
Description: This book is a second edition of a history of nursing that emphasizes the art of nursing through lavish color illustrations of works of art. It appears 10 years after the first edition, with two new chapters focusing on healthcare reform and global issues in nursing. The 11 chapters cover the origins of nursing in "primitive" cultures, through ancient civilizations to the present.
Purpose: The author articulates both an historical and an esthetic aim. Although nursing is both art and science, the emphasis has been on science. The author intends to redress this imbalance by calling attention to the creative and the imaginative in the role of the nurse as it has evolved over time. The book is meant as a supplement to both art courses and nursing courses.
Audience: The intended audience is not only nurses, but "all lovers of art." Because it is oversize, glossy, and expensive, it is impractical as a nursing history textbook. It is more in the genre of the art history text or the gift book. The author has taught history of nursing courses since 1973 and is currently working on a biography of Isabel Maitland Stewart, an early 20th century nursing leader.
Features: This second edition contains some new art selections and others have been eliminated. References, bibliography, and a list of plates appear at the back of the text. Especially helpful are the informative timelines at the beginning of each chapter, identifying changes in daily life, science and technology, the visual arts, medicine and health care, and nursing, for the time period covered in that chapter.
Assessment: This book is a visual feast beautifully produced, with a pleasing balance between text and illustrations. The addition of the two final chapters and the selection of new art work enhances both the historical and visual content. The historiography is straightforward and without interpretive frame.

4 Stars! from Doody
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780323053051
  • Publisher: Elsevier Health Sciences
  • Publication date: 3/19/2010
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 416
  • Sales rank: 377,638
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 12.30 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1. The Origin of Nursing

2. Nursing in a Christian World

3. Nursing in Transition

4. Development of Nursing in America

5. Nurses in Wars

6. Nursing in an Era of Change and Challenge

7. The Nursing Transformation

8. the Healing Spirit of Nursing

9. A Global View of Nursing and Healthcare

10. Epilogue

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