Appalachian Nursing

A History, 1890–1960

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About the Book

This work provides an in-depth examination into early healthcare and the evolution of professional nursing in the core of Appalachia. Most of the history of healthcare in the Appalachian region has focused on physicians, while little has been written about the evolution of nursing and the nurses’ role, experiences and contributions to the region’s healthcare. During a time when access to healthcare was limited or non-existent, nurses played a prominent role in the health of communities within the core of Appalachia. In addition to archived materials, an examination of reports, journals, personal letters, memoirs, and oral histories of the nurses’ own thoughts and experiences provides insight to their dedication, resilience, and innovation in delivering early healthcare care to communities throughout the rural and isolated Appalachian core region.

About the Author(s)

Sharon Loury is an associate professor of nursing at East Tennessee State University and has taught nursing for 29 years. She served as the ETSU College of Nursing’s historian where she developed the college’s history in celebration of their 60th anniversary and has presented on the history of nursing at numerous local, regional, and international conferences.

Bibliographic Details

Sharon Loury
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Bibliographic Info: ca. 15 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2024
pISBN: 978-1-4766-7541-1
eISBN: 978-1-4766-5494-2
Imprint: McFarland
Series: Contributions to Southern Appalachian Studies