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Finding Susan Reverby

Finding Susan Reverby Julie A. Fairman University of Pennsylvania This is a personal story about friendship, mentorship, and scholarly tensions that shaped the discipline of the history of nursing . I am one of the ben- eficiaries of that legacy. In 1985, I began my graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania mentored by a wonderful trio of historians, Joan Lynaugh, Karen Buhler-Wilkerson, and Ellen Baer, who introduced me to Susan R everby’s work. She had recently published her groundbreaking book, Ordered to Care: The Dilemma of American Nursing, 1850–1945 , and I was struck by her ability to capture the history of the nursing profession beyond the frame of nursing victimhood . She seemed to understand the profession’s history, which I learned was in part though her intellectual relationships with Buhler-Wilkerson, Lynaugh, and Baer. I was also inspired by her skill connect - ing the history of nursing to larger social issues of the time, which directed me in my later work in the history of nursing and health policy. In this article, I will share how some historians of nursing “found” Susan Reverby (and how she found us!), how they shaped each other’s work, and then situate this story as http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Finding Susan Reverby

Nursing History Review , Volume 27 (1): 8 – Jan 1, 2019

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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10.1891/1062-8061.27.91
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Abstract

Julie A. Fairman University of Pennsylvania This is a personal story about friendship, mentorship, and scholarly tensions that shaped the discipline of the history of nursing . I am one of the ben- eficiaries of that legacy. In 1985, I began my graduate program at the University of Pennsylvania mentored by a wonderful trio of historians, Joan Lynaugh, Karen Buhler-Wilkerson, and Ellen Baer, who introduced me to Susan R everby’s work. She had recently published her groundbreaking book, Ordered to Care: The Dilemma of American Nursing, 1850–1945 , and I was struck by her ability to capture the history of the nursing profession beyond the frame of nursing victimhood . She seemed to understand the profession’s history, which I learned was in part though her intellectual relationships with Buhler-Wilkerson, Lynaugh, and Baer. I was also inspired by her skill connect - ing the history of nursing to larger social issues of the time, which directed me in my later work in the history of nursing and health policy. In this article, I will share how some historians of nursing “found” Susan Reverby (and how she found us!), how they shaped each other’s work, and then situate this story as

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2019

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