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Much Instruction Needed Here: The Work of Nurses in Rural Wisconsin During the Depression

Much Instruction Needed Here: The Work of Nurses in Rural Wisconsin During the Depression P1: OSO/OVY P2: OSO/OVY QC: OSO/OVY T1: OSO SVNF004-07 SVNF004-v4 August 24, 2006 9:6 “Much Instruction Needed Here”: The Work of Nurses in Rural Wisconsin During the Depression Rima D. Apple University of Wisconsin–Madison In October 1936, Mildred Cook was looking for an address in Pulaski, Wisconsin. In the process, Cook, a nurse working for the State of Wisconsin Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, came across Mrs. J.B. This woman was pregnant and due in March, but she had not yet seen her doctor. Cook urged her to do so. The next day the nurse was gratified to learn that the woman had followed her advice and visited the physician. Moreover, she was proud to an- nounce that “Doctor was very pleased with this work.” Through her counsel, Cook had accomplished two important goals of the State Department of Health. She had convinced a client of the importance of prenatal medical examinations, and she had cemented a particularly positive relationship with the local physi- cian. Cook’s work illustrates the epitome of maternal health care throughout most of the twentieth century in the United States: physician supervised, nurse assisted, medically directed. Cook was a critical actor in a unique http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Much Instruction Needed Here: The Work of Nurses in Rural Wisconsin During the Depression

Nursing History Review , Volume 15 (1): 17 – Sep 1, 2007

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P1: OSO/OVY P2: OSO/OVY QC: OSO/OVY T1: OSO SVNF004-07 SVNF004-v4 August 24, 2006 9:6 “Much Instruction Needed Here”: The Work of Nurses in Rural Wisconsin During the Depression Rima D. Apple University of Wisconsin–Madison In October 1936, Mildred Cook was looking for an address in Pulaski, Wisconsin. In the process, Cook, a nurse working for the State of Wisconsin Bureau of Maternal and Child Health, came across Mrs. J.B. This woman was pregnant and due in March, but she had not yet seen her doctor. Cook urged her to do so. The next day the nurse was gratified to learn that the woman had followed her advice and visited the physician. Moreover, she was proud to an- nounce that “Doctor was very pleased with this work.” Through her counsel, Cook had accomplished two important goals of the State Department of Health. She had convinced a client of the importance of prenatal medical examinations, and she had cemented a particularly positive relationship with the local physi- cian. Cook’s work illustrates the epitome of maternal health care throughout most of the twentieth century in the United States: physician supervised, nurse assisted, medically directed. Cook was a critical actor in a unique

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Published: Sep 1, 2007

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