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Florence Nightingale, Nursing, and Healthcare Today, by Lynn McDonald

Florence Nightingale, Nursing, and Healthcare Today, by Lynn McDonald BOOKREVIEWS FlorenceNightingale,Nursing,andHealthcareToday ByLynnMcDonald (NewYork:SpringerPublishingCompany,2017)(256pages;$55.00paperback) As the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth approaches in May 2020, thisisatimelyadditiontotheworksonherlifeandlegacy.Oftendescribedas the world’s most famous nurse, the breadth and depth of Nightingale’s work and ideas are not always appreciated by a modern audience and she been the subjectofasometimeshostilepressinrecentyears. Lynn McDonald is well placed to challenge some of the misconceptions that exist about her as a pre-eminent Nightingale scholar and well published authorinthisfield,includingherworkaseditorofthesixteenvolumesofher collectedworks.DrawingonindepthknowledgeofNightingale’swork(which is,McDonaldpointsout,farwiderthanherbestknown“NotesonNursing”) shearguesthatherbookis“gearedtotellingastorythathasoftenbeenmissed orbotchedbytheuseofpoorsecondarysources.” The first part of the book is divided into chapters, each of which deals withwhat,sheterms,the“coreconcepts”ofNightingale’swork,whichinclude healthpromotion,ethics,infectioncontrol,paediatricnursing,long-termand palliative care, administration and research policy, and advocacy. These, she argues “have transcended time to influence nursing today” and she illustrates in a lively and accessible way the impact of Nightingale’s work and how it still resonates today. Each chapter ends with some helpful “questions for discussion.” The second section of the book features excerpts from some of Nightin- gale’s work including some of her less well-known later writings, in which McDonald demonstrates how some of her earlier ideas evolved alongside advances in science. Thus, Nightingale’s often quoted denial of germ the- ory (preferring instead it is argued to espouse miasma theory based upon the concept that it is the smell that http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Florence Nightingale, Nursing, and Healthcare Today, by Lynn McDonald

Nursing History Review , Volume 28 (1): 2 – Sep 19, 2019

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BOOKREVIEWS FlorenceNightingale,Nursing,andHealthcareToday ByLynnMcDonald (NewYork:SpringerPublishingCompany,2017)(256pages;$55.00paperback) As the bicentenary of Florence Nightingale’s birth approaches in May 2020, thisisatimelyadditiontotheworksonherlifeandlegacy.Oftendescribedas the world’s most famous nurse, the breadth and depth of Nightingale’s work and ideas are not always appreciated by a modern audience and she been the subjectofasometimeshostilepressinrecentyears. Lynn McDonald is well placed to challenge some of the misconceptions that exist about her as a pre-eminent Nightingale scholar and well published authorinthisfield,includingherworkaseditorofthesixteenvolumesofher collectedworks.DrawingonindepthknowledgeofNightingale’swork(which is,McDonaldpointsout,farwiderthanherbestknown“NotesonNursing”) shearguesthatherbookis“gearedtotellingastorythathasoftenbeenmissed orbotchedbytheuseofpoorsecondarysources.” The first part of the book is divided into chapters, each of which deals withwhat,sheterms,the“coreconcepts”ofNightingale’swork,whichinclude healthpromotion,ethics,infectioncontrol,paediatricnursing,long-termand palliative care, administration and research policy, and advocacy. These, she argues “have transcended time to influence nursing today” and she illustrates in a lively and accessible way the impact of Nightingale’s work and how it still resonates today. Each chapter ends with some helpful “questions for discussion.” The second section of the book features excerpts from some of Nightin- gale’s work including some of her less well-known later writings, in which McDonald demonstrates how some of her earlier ideas evolved alongside advances in science. Thus, Nightingale’s often quoted denial of germ the- ory (preferring instead it is argued to espouse miasma theory based upon the concept that it is the smell that

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Published: Sep 19, 2019

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