The District Nurse (Paperback)
A Pictorial History
For 150 years, up and down the country, from large cities to rural areas and the remotest islands and highlands, district nurses have been visiting the sick in their own homes. Here they have provided healthcare, and given moral support and advice to people of all ages the length and breadth of Britain.
Follow the story of how, in the 1860s, the Liverpool philanthropist William Rathbone VI set up an experiment in home nursing in his home city, aimed at providing care for the poor who had no access to proper medical attention. His scheme resulted in the establishment of district nursing as a profession, and the inauguration of the Queen Victoria Jubilee Institute for Nurses.
Take a journey through the growth of the district nursing movement movement, of the expansion of services into school nursing and health visiting in 1891, through nursing and pastoral care during the First and Second World Wars, and learn how, periodically, the district nurse has provided maternity and midwifery services.
This illustrated history of district nursing provides a unique insight into the role played by members of this branch of the nursing profession, and demonstrates how the nurses have been the backbone of the community, providing the public with a wide range of invaluable healthcare services.
This well-researched book is highly readable and accessible, and the format makes it easy to dip in and out of. It uses wonderfully evocative images from the archive of the Queen's Nursing Institute to show how the profession of district nursing has changed over the decades. The fascinating illustrations include images of the ever-evolving uniform and the various modes of transport used, together with photographs of the special challenges faced by Queen's Nurses serving the Highlands and Islands of Scotland and in rural Ireland. A thoroughly absorbing read.WDYTYA?, September 2018 – reviewed by Michelle Higgs
This book will appeal to readers with nursing ancestors or with an interest in the development of healthcare. It does not show how to research your nursing forebears, but it provides valuable information about the nature of the role and its evolution. The changes in uniform illustrated here could help family historians to narrow down the dates for photographs of their own district nursing ancestors too.Family Tree, September 2018 – reviewed by Simon Wills
A bit of history, a bit of photos and historical engravings - here it all comes together in a good mix to draw an exciting piece of history. All sorts of interesting information about nurses, not just about Florence Nightingale, with illustrations of contemporary documents. A living piece of contemporary history.NetGalley, reviewed by Nureeni Lem
A very informative book for someone who is interested in nursing background and especially that of a district nurse.NetGalley, reviewed by Nicola Barker
Whether you are a health care professional or simply someone like me who has an interest in social history I think you will be informed and educated by this book.NetGalley, reviewed by G Heard
The NHS at 70 A Living History (Paperback)
At midnight on 5th July 1948, the National Health Service was born with the founding principal to be free at the point of use and based on clinical need rather than on a person’s ability to pay. Seventy years since its formation, these core principals still hold true, although the world we now live in is a very different place to the post war era in which it was formed, and the long term sustainability of the service in its current form is questionable. This book traces the history of our health service, from Victorian healthcare in the early 20th century, through a timeline of change to the…By Ellen Welch
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