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History of Nursing

Goodnow’s History of Nursing
11th edition
Dolan, R.N., M.S.

Submitter: This book was just weeded from my medium-sized public library’s collection from rural central Ohio. It was last used in 2012! All of the sides are frayed and showing the material underneath the colored covering. It does have a lot of information on ancient nursing and the progression into the first half of the 20th century. Which would be very useful, for when it was published. Now the section on current events in nursing is over fifty years old! It ends, before the index, with the most recent achievement in nursing, creation of the Peace Corps (One of the photos). That this was used as late as 2012 is very distressing. I’m not sure why this book wasn’t removed earlier.

Holly: The ancient nursing section could be interesting, but there must be a more recently published, all-encompassing history of nursing available. And if there isn’t, a combination of this and this and even this might work for most public library users (maybe not college students, but this was submitted by a public library). In fact, a quick tour of Google Books brings up the full text of this very book, and doesn’t take up a single inch of shelf space.

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6 Responses to History of Nursing

  • This looks like it would be interesting to read if only for historical reasons. My mother’s sister was a nurse, so I’m kind of into reading and learning about such things.

  • This appears to be one of those texts that’s been used in successive editions over decades. The Google Books copy you found is an early edition from 1916. Goodnow died in 1952, but her name stayed on for several editions thereafter, including this 11th edition by Josephine Dolan from 1964.

    The most recent version I can find on a quick search is the 15th edition from 1983, by then called _Nursing in Society: A Historical Perspective_, by Dolan, Fitzpatrick, and Hermann. Though even that edition would be rather long in the tooth by now.

  • This is a great topic for a book and there should be books like this in public libraries. I am a little saddened to see that this one is still on the shelf, but there have to be better options out there. I’m rather fond of Celebrating Nurses: A Visual History by Dr. Christine Hallett which was published in 2010. There is a textbook that is used at the college where I work called Nursing, The Finest Art: An Illustrated History by M. Patricia Donahue. It’s third edition was published in 2010. It’s a great book, but perhaps not for a public library. Either one would be a more up to date option on the topic of nurses through time.

  • In Fig 288, why do they put quotes on “great” in “the ‘great’ depression’? I have never seen that before.

  • All editions of this book are heavily used by our BSN students when they have to write their history of nursing papers.

  • This blog i fun and all, but this particular book (I’m working backwards from most recent) has historical significance. Perhaps the borrower was a historian that found gold. I’m of the opinion that everything should be archived.