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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Vicki Ann Moss, DNSc, MS, BSN, RN (University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh)
Description: This book describes "the interplay between a philanthropy focused on investing its resources in people and a professional field that has its mission caring for people - and how they served both interests as they saw fit."
Purpose: The purpose of this book is to recount the historical connection between nursing and the Kellogg Foundation.
Audience: The audience includes both the nursing and the philanthropic community.
Features: Part 1 of the book's three parts, written by Joan Lynaugh, a professional nursing historian, looks at the connection between nursing and the Kellogg foundation from the years 1930 (the beginning of the Kellogg foundation) to 1982. Part 2 includes Helen Grace's reflection on the foundation's decision-making related to funding for nursing from 1930 to 1982. Part 3 discusses the relationship between the foundation and international nursing, particularly nursing in Latin America, the Caribbean, and southern Africa.
Assessment: This is a wonderful read for anyone interested in history. It is well written by nursing leaders, many of whom had a personal working relationship with the Kellogg Foundation. It covers not only the positive workings of the Foundation and nursing, but also the tensions that were often displayed between the two. I found the material on international nursing to be especially interesting as was the account of the growth of nursing as a profession in concert with the foundation's work. This is a very worthwhile contribution to nursing's literature.