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The Historical Mirror: Constructing the Mind of Nursing

The Historical Mirror: Constructing the Mind of Nursing THE HISTORICAL MIRROR Constructing the Mind of Nursing DIANE HAMILTON School of Nursing University of Rochester Revisionist historical scholars have lately expanded the explanations of nursing's conception beyond "the great woman theory, of Nightingale's genius to suggest that American nursing's roots emanate from a blending of the ideology of domesticity with that of medical science (O'Brien r987; Lynaugh and Fagin 1988); that nursing is a story of women workers' 1982); that nursing is the product rationalizing the service industry ( Melosh of a group of enlightened leaders intent on reform and professionalization (Christy 1969); that nursing developed from the growth of paternalistic hospitals eager to manipulate females and to profit from nurses' work (Ashley 1976); that nursing emerged from interacting social and economic needs related to the care of the ill (Rosenberg 1987); that nursing became visible when philanthropic women and physicians demanded that hospitals employ "lady» nurses (Mottus 1981); and that nursing gained its social and moral justification from its obligation to care (Reverby 1987) . HistoricaJ inquiry fuels an interpretive argument about the past; each perspective generates new insights to and another link in the great chain of explanation and understanding of nursing's history. At the same http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Nursing History Review Springer Publishing

The Historical Mirror: Constructing the Mind of Nursing

Nursing History Review , Volume 2 (1): 26 – Jan 1, 1994

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Springer Publishing
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1062-8061
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1938-1913
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10.1891/1062-8061.2.1.3
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THE HISTORICAL MIRROR Constructing the Mind of Nursing DIANE HAMILTON School of Nursing University of Rochester Revisionist historical scholars have lately expanded the explanations of nursing's conception beyond "the great woman theory, of Nightingale's genius to suggest that American nursing's roots emanate from a blending of the ideology of domesticity with that of medical science (O'Brien r987; Lynaugh and Fagin 1988); that nursing is a story of women workers' 1982); that nursing is the product rationalizing the service industry ( Melosh of a group of enlightened leaders intent on reform and professionalization (Christy 1969); that nursing developed from the growth of paternalistic hospitals eager to manipulate females and to profit from nurses' work (Ashley 1976); that nursing emerged from interacting social and economic needs related to the care of the ill (Rosenberg 1987); that nursing became visible when philanthropic women and physicians demanded that hospitals employ "lady» nurses (Mottus 1981); and that nursing gained its social and moral justification from its obligation to care (Reverby 1987) . HistoricaJ inquiry fuels an interpretive argument about the past; each perspective generates new insights to and another link in the great chain of explanation and understanding of nursing's history. At the same

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Nursing History ReviewSpringer Publishing

Published: Jan 1, 1994

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