This guide will direct you to general resources on the history of the nursing profession, as well as some special collections at our Archives & Special Collections at the Dodd Research Center.
For background information, start with books. Find books on the topic using the Libraries' General Search box which will search our online catalog. Review the guide, "Using the Libraries General Search" for tips on searching.
Sister Kenny: The woman who challenged the doctors
Call Number: RT37.K39 C63 1975
Publication Date: 1976-02-01
Kenny, Elizabeth; Poliomyelitis -- History. Print book is at the library. Another copy is at the Archives & Special Collections' Josephine A. Dolan Nursing History Collection.
They Called Them Angels
Call Number: D807.U5 J33 2000
Publication Date: 2000-06-30
A topical presentation of firsthand accounts from some of the thousands of army and navy nurses who served both stateside and overseas during World War II, this book tells the stories of the brave women who used any and all resources to save as many lives as possible.
Routledge Handbook on the Global History of Nursing
Call Number: RT31 .R68 2013
Publication Date: 2013-07-10
Captures the state of the art and science of nursing history. Organized into four parts, and addressing nursing around the globe, it covers: New directions in the history of nursing; New methodological approaches; The politics of nursing knowledge; Nursing and its relationship to social practice. nursing history and health policy courses.
Nursing Before Nightingale, 1815-1899
Call Number: RT11 .H45 2011
Publication Date: 2011-11-28
Nursing Before Nightingale is a study of the transformation of nursing in England from the beginning of the nineteenth century until the emergence of the Nightingale nurse as the standard model in the 1890s. This book investigates two major earlier reforms in nursing: a doctor-driven reform which came to be called the 'ward system,' and the reforms of the Anglican Sisters, known as the 'central system' of nursing. Rather than being the beginning of nursing reform, Nightingale nursing was the culmination of these two earlier reforms.
Antique Medical Instruments
Call Number: R856 .B42 1979
Publication Date: 1979-01-01
History of medical and surgical instruments and apparatus.
Devices and Desires
Call Number: RT42 .S26 2000
Publication Date: 2000-11-27
Nursing and technology have been inexorably linked since the beginnings of trained nursing in the United States in the late nineteenth century. Nurses have used a variety of tools, instruments, and machines--from thermometers to cardiac monitors--to appraise, treat, and comfort patients.