February 19, 1955

American Nursing: History and Interpretation

JAMA. 1955;157(8):691. doi:10.1001/jama.1955.02950250065038

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The author has presented a review, analysis, and interpretation of the events and trends of American nursing since the beginning of this century. The growth and development of this profession are traced through the early period of uncontrolled expansion in this century, the depression years, the two World Wars, and up to the present. The author, who has been instrumental in shaping the course of nursing affairs for over a quarter of a century, is eminently qualified to serve as a historian of American nursing. This book includes not only a report and appraisal of past activities but an interpretation of its functions and aims. It is exceptionally valuable in presenting a realistic picture of nursing not as an isolated unit but as a functioning unit in the everchanging social scene. It throws light on the complex interrelationships among the health professions and the various components of the nursing profession.

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