Mental health nursing

The working lives of paid carers in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries

Editors: Anne Borsay and Pamela Dale

This book seeks to integrate the history of mental health nursing with the wider history of institutional and community care for people experiencing mental illness and/or living with a learning disability. It develops new research questions by drawing together a concern with exploring the class, gender, skills and working conditions of practitioners with an assessment of the care regimes staff helped create and patients’ experiences of them. Contributors from a range of disciplines use a variety of source material to examine both continuity and change in the history of care over two centuries. The book benefits from a foreword by Mick Carpenter and will appeal to researchers and students interested in all aspects of the history of nursing and the history of care. The book is also designed to be accessible to practitioners and the general reader.

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‘It is encouraging to see works like this begin to fill out the scanty literature on mental health nursing history, and hopefully this will inform future research in this undervalued area.'
Philippa Martyr, University of Western Australia
Health and History 18/2

‘This book is an enjoyable read and of interest to professional and history scholars as well as health professionals, students and others interested in critical perspectives on mental health work.'
Geertje Boschma, University of British Columbia

‘This is an important book, and a timely reminder that, in spite of setting or of policy, those who work on the front line of patient care are the ones who often have the biggest impact on patient experience. Within the caring relationship, the patient and the nursing staff are inextricably bound, and this volume allows us to further understand the intricacies involved in this important, complex relationship.'
H-Net Reviews
April 2018

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