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Introduction FESTSCHRIFT FOR SUSAN REVERBY Merlin Chowkwanyun Columbia University It is an honor to introduce pieces commemorating Susan Reverby’s scholar - ship, mentorship, and activism. The pieces highlight several dimensions of her career that are worth discussing as a whole at the outset. Chief among them is the breadth of Susan’s work. We often bemoan specialization in the academy and look for examples of those who have transcended it. Susan is one such person. Besides the history of nursing, she has made signal contributions to the historical study of women and gender, social movements, race and racism, labor, and medicine and public health. Indeed, a typical Reverby’s article or book contains a holism that engages two or more of these fields at the same time: conceptualizing nursing within the larger political economy of work; situating Tuskegee within larger hereditarian narratives about the supposed biology of race; and more recently, analyzing masculinity, political violence, and the milieu of 1960s radicalism in her forthcoming biography of activist Alan Berkman. For most, these accomplishments would be satisfying enough—and then some. But Susan has played a second critical role as well: mentor to generations of graduate and undergraduate students who have sought her advice, http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

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Springer Publishing
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© 2020 Springer Publishing Company
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.27.87
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Abstract

FESTSCHRIFT FOR SUSAN REVERBY Merlin Chowkwanyun Columbia University It is an honor to introduce pieces commemorating Susan Reverby’s scholar - ship, mentorship, and activism. The pieces highlight several dimensions of her career that are worth discussing as a whole at the outset. Chief among them is the breadth of Susan’s work. We often bemoan specialization in the academy and look for examples of those who have transcended it. Susan is one such person. Besides the history of nursing, she has made signal contributions to the historical study of women and gender, social movements, race and racism, labor, and medicine and public health. Indeed, a typical Reverby’s article or book contains a holism that engages two or more of these fields at the same time: conceptualizing nursing within the larger political economy of work; situating Tuskegee within larger hereditarian narratives about the supposed biology of race; and more recently, analyzing masculinity, political violence, and the milieu of 1960s radicalism in her forthcoming biography of activist Alan Berkman. For most, these accomplishments would be satisfying enough—and then some. But Susan has played a second critical role as well: mentor to generations of graduate and undergraduate students who have sought her advice,

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 2019

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