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Books, Journals, New Media
July 23/30, 2003

Nursing, Literature

Author Affiliations

Books, Journals, New Media Section Editor: Harriet S. Meyer, MD, Contributing Editor, JAMA; David H. Morse, MS, University of Southern California, Norris Medical Library, Journal Review Editor.

JAMA. 2003;290(4):535-536. doi:10.1001/jama.290.4.535

This is a new collection of poetry and short prose by nurses, edited by Cortney Davis and Judy Schaefer, whose remarkable first anthology, Between the Heartbeats (1995), may well be the founding document of "nurse writing" as a recognizable genre. In the foreword to Intensive Care, Cortney Davis describes the similarities and differences between this and the previous volume. Among the similarities are the prevalence of tenderness, childbirth, pediatrics, and the distinctly physical aspects of nursing care as themes. A major difference is that Intensive Care offers a wider range of topics, including, for example, the writers' own experiences as patients and the fatigue and frustration that cause some nurses to throw in the towel and abandon their profession. As in Between the Heartbeats, the 64 authors of Intensive Care step forward in alphabetical order, a format that presents the reader with variety and surprise, rather than categorization.

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