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Strong Hearts and Healing Hands: Southern California Indians and Field Nurses, 1920–1950, by Clifford E. Trafzer

Strong Hearts and Healing Hands: Southern California Indians and Field Nurses, 1920–1950, by... Strong Hearts and Healing Hands: Southern California Indians and Field Nurses, 1920–1950 By Clifford E. Trafzer (Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 2021) (424 pages; $100.00 hardcover; $35.00 paperback) Combining his years of experience in historiography with decades of research on the Native American people inhabiting Southern California, Professor Clif- ford Trafzer documents field nurses’ work in the Indian Health Service (IHS) in this stellar book, Strong Hearts and Healing Hands: Southern California Indi- ans and Field Nurses, 1920–1950. The book is based on data from a plethora of excellent primary sources—including newspapers, government documents, and field nurses’ monthly reports housed in the National Archives, as well as interviews and personal communications with numerous tribal leaders and other Californian Indian people. In it, Trafzer begins with a description of the origins of the IHS and goes on to analyze the field nurses’ contributions to healthcare on Southern California Indian reservations during the first half of the twentieth century. Focusing on the nurses’ work with the Mission Indian Agency in South- ern California, Trafzer describes the challenges the field nurses faced in order to provide care. On the reservations, tuberculosis and trachoma were endemic while epidemics of influenza, measles, and http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

Strong Hearts and Healing Hands: Southern California Indians and Field Nurses, 1920–1950, by Clifford E. Trafzer

Nursing History Review , Volume 30 (1): 2 – Jan 28, 2022

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Springer Publishing
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© 2022 Springer Publishing Company
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.30.156
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Strong Hearts and Healing Hands: Southern California Indians and Field Nurses, 1920–1950 By Clifford E. Trafzer (Tucson: The University of Arizona Press, 2021) (424 pages; $100.00 hardcover; $35.00 paperback) Combining his years of experience in historiography with decades of research on the Native American people inhabiting Southern California, Professor Clif- ford Trafzer documents field nurses’ work in the Indian Health Service (IHS) in this stellar book, Strong Hearts and Healing Hands: Southern California Indi- ans and Field Nurses, 1920–1950. The book is based on data from a plethora of excellent primary sources—including newspapers, government documents, and field nurses’ monthly reports housed in the National Archives, as well as interviews and personal communications with numerous tribal leaders and other Californian Indian people. In it, Trafzer begins with a description of the origins of the IHS and goes on to analyze the field nurses’ contributions to healthcare on Southern California Indian reservations during the first half of the twentieth century. Focusing on the nurses’ work with the Mission Indian Agency in South- ern California, Trafzer describes the challenges the field nurses faced in order to provide care. On the reservations, tuberculosis and trachoma were endemic while epidemics of influenza, measles, and

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 28, 2022

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