Winner of the 1998 Lavinia Dock Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing
"A comprehensive, multifaceted book of astounding scope."—Bulletin of the History of Medicine
"A valuable text that recognizes the importance of nursing as a major element in the evolution of intensive care."—Critical Care NurseCritical Care Nursing traces the evolution of critical care nursing from battlefields and the hospital recovery rooms of earlier decades to the modern units of today. It also discusses the social, political, and economic factors that have led to its growth. Combining archival sources with personal interviews, Critical Care Nursing reveals the important place critical care occupies in America's complex health care delivery system and the crucial role specialized nursing plays in the shaping and delivery of that care.
"Recommended reading for those in health care and policy-making."—Philadelphia Inquirer
"This social history of American critical care nursing will be of interest to anyone desiring increased understanding of how hospital nursing developed during the 20th century."—Western Journal of Nursing Research
Julie Fairman is an Assistant Professor at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. Joan E. Lynaugh is Professor Emeritus at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing.