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Historiographic Essay: Alternative Visions: The Nurse-Technology Relationship in the Context of the History of Technology

Historiographic Essay: Alternative Visions: The Nurse-Technology Relationship in the Context of... HISTORIOGWHIC ESSAY Alternative Visions The Nurse-Technology Relationship in the Context of the History of Technology JULIE FAIRMAN School of Nursing University of Pennsylvania Technology has become the crucible of our health care system, albeit a conflicting one. We complain about technology's cost and its intrusion into life and death decisions, but we dso demand more intervention when we sense we are losing the battle with chronic illness or catastrophic injury. This ambivalence is not new. The nineteenth century society response to technology's encroachment upon nature, as analyzed by Leo Manc in Machine in the GlsrAn, involved comparable contradictory emotions.' The steam locomotive, al- though it improved transportation and opened new markets, became an ominous metaphor for growing industrialization and its intrusion into the domestic arena and the pastoral vision that defined American life at the time. As nurses confront rhc "machine at the bedside." the conflict runs deep and is indicative of the complexity and confrontational nature of the relationship. Nursing is commonly conceptualized as a caring profession, one that is steeped in the traditions of developing an intimate and emotional relationship with a patient as part of the therapeutic plan. Technolow, with its underpinnings of science and rationality, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Historiographic Essay: Alternative Visions: The Nurse-Technology Relationship in the Context of the History of Technology

Nursing History Review , Volume 6 (1): 18 – Jan 1, 1998

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.6.1.129
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HISTORIOGWHIC ESSAY Alternative Visions The Nurse-Technology Relationship in the Context of the History of Technology JULIE FAIRMAN School of Nursing University of Pennsylvania Technology has become the crucible of our health care system, albeit a conflicting one. We complain about technology's cost and its intrusion into life and death decisions, but we dso demand more intervention when we sense we are losing the battle with chronic illness or catastrophic injury. This ambivalence is not new. The nineteenth century society response to technology's encroachment upon nature, as analyzed by Leo Manc in Machine in the GlsrAn, involved comparable contradictory emotions.' The steam locomotive, al- though it improved transportation and opened new markets, became an ominous metaphor for growing industrialization and its intrusion into the domestic arena and the pastoral vision that defined American life at the time. As nurses confront rhc "machine at the bedside." the conflict runs deep and is indicative of the complexity and confrontational nature of the relationship. Nursing is commonly conceptualized as a caring profession, one that is steeped in the traditions of developing an intimate and emotional relationship with a patient as part of the therapeutic plan. Technolow, with its underpinnings of science and rationality,

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1998

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