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Macmillan Higher Education Palgrave Higher Education

Nursing and Midwifery in Britain Since 1700

ISBN 9780230247031
Publication Date June 2012
Formats Paperback Ebook 
Publisher Palgrave

Nurses and midwives, both qualified and in training, have a lively interest in how their professions have developed. A stimulating collection of research-based essays, this book explores and compares the distinct histories of nursing and midwifery in Britain from the beginning of the eighteenth century to the modern day.

ANNE BORSAY is Professor of Healthcare and Medical Humanities in the College of Human and Health Sciences, Swansea University, UK.
BILLIE HUNTER is RCM Professor of Midwifery in the Cardiff School of Nursing and Midwifery Studies, Cardiff University, UK.

Nursing and Midwifery: Historical Approaches; A.Borsay & B.Hunter
PART I: NURSING 1700-2000
Nursing, 1700-1830: Families, Communities, Institutions; A.Borsay
Nursing, 1830-1920: Forging a Profession; C.E.Hallett
Nursing, 1920-2000: The Dilemmas of Professionalization; A.Hull
Midwifery, 1700-1800: The Man-Midwife as Competitor; H.King
Midwifery, 1800-1920: The Journey to Registration; A.Nuttall
Midwifery, 1920-2000: The Reshaping of a Profession; B.Hunter
International Comparisons: The Nursing-Midwifery Interface; W.Connerton & P.D'Antonio
Nursing and Midwifery: An Uneasy Alliance or Natural Bedfellows?; B.Hunter & A.Borsay
Epilogue: Contemporary Challenges; J.Sandall & A.M.Rafferty


One of the many strengths of the book is that it focuses on nursing and midwifery, discussing the tensions between these professions and offering a balanced exploration of the similarities and differences between them.'
– Rachel Sales, Senior Lecturer in Nursing, University of the West of England, UK
'I would recommend this book to my undergraduate students as a way of putting their chosen profession in context. It is comparative, it covers major developments succinctly, and attempts to link historical features to contemporary issues and debate.'
- Tania McIntosh, Lecturer in Midwifery, University of Nottingham, UK
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