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Critical Issues in the Use of Biographic Methods in Nursing History

Critical Issues in the Use of Biographic Methods in Nursing History METHODOLOGY Critical Issues in the Use of Biographic Methods in Nursing History SONYA J. GRYPMA University of Albm bio: life $T& writing' I brushed up agairtst the renowned Canadian nurse Ethel Johns in front of a stone hearth in the Woodward Biomadical Library at the University of British Columbia. That is to say, I ran my fingertips along the Bdges of her aged letters, mostly typed on blue tissue-thin chapter with a jumpy typewriter. I hd already d Marpet Streets comprehensive, award-winning biography and through it became ac- quainted with Johns and her unique brand of nursing leadership during the 1920s and 1930~.~ Street did not have access to the letters I hgered, however, and handling them brought a thrill of discovery. I began to comprehend the allure of historiography. However, nursing historiography is undegoing change, and rhe relevance of rhe biographic method is being challenged. Historians of nursing are promoting a "new hisroxiographym: Patricia D'Antonio is urging scholars to "revisit and rethink the rewriting of nursing history" ; Christopher Maggs is cdling for a "new approach to defining hisrorical questions and a new search for meaningsn; Sioban Nelson is asking historians to reconsider the purpose and audience of http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Critical Issues in the Use of Biographic Methods in Nursing History

Nursing History Review , Volume 13 (1): 17 – Jan 1, 2005

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.13.1.171
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METHODOLOGY Critical Issues in the Use of Biographic Methods in Nursing History SONYA J. GRYPMA University of Albm bio: life $T& writing' I brushed up agairtst the renowned Canadian nurse Ethel Johns in front of a stone hearth in the Woodward Biomadical Library at the University of British Columbia. That is to say, I ran my fingertips along the Bdges of her aged letters, mostly typed on blue tissue-thin chapter with a jumpy typewriter. I hd already d Marpet Streets comprehensive, award-winning biography and through it became ac- quainted with Johns and her unique brand of nursing leadership during the 1920s and 1930~.~ Street did not have access to the letters I hgered, however, and handling them brought a thrill of discovery. I began to comprehend the allure of historiography. However, nursing historiography is undegoing change, and rhe relevance of rhe biographic method is being challenged. Historians of nursing are promoting a "new hisroxiographym: Patricia D'Antonio is urging scholars to "revisit and rethink the rewriting of nursing history" ; Christopher Maggs is cdling for a "new approach to defining hisrorical questions and a new search for meaningsn; Sioban Nelson is asking historians to reconsider the purpose and audience of

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2005

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