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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Jayalakshmi Jambunathan, PhD, MSN, MA, BSN, BSc (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This book is a collection of reflections on healing — reflections through a rich variety of images and forms such as essays, philosophical analyses, poetry, scientific papers, personal stories, and parables. The book is structured into six sections: reflections on healing; some core components of healing; the nurse as a professional who attends to healing; healing in the care of specific patient populations; healing interventions; and healing as a focus of nursing scholarship. Any of the six sections can be read separately.
Purpose: The purpose of the book, as indicated by the editor, is to serve as an impetus to all nurses to reflect on the nature and centrality of healing in the discipline of nursing.
Audience: The book is written for nursing students, practitioners, and educators. The editor seems to be a credible authority on the subject of healing.
Features: The book contains pertinent illustrations relevant to the topic discussed. The references are pertinent and some are current, others historical. The appearance of the book is true to its focus-construct of healing. The unique feature of this book lies in the richness of its diverse perspectives.
Assessment: This book will be useful for teaching both graduate and undergraduate nursing students "as a way of shaping their philosophy of nursing," as it reflects the essence of healing. It also provides an impetus to reflect on "the most human dimensions of the discipline." I would definitely recommend purchase by graduate and undergraduate nursing students, nurse educators, and nursing reference libraries.