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Notes on Nursing: What It Is and What It Is Not (Paperback)

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Notes on Nursing: What it is, and What it is not
By Florence Nightingale


Contents

Ventilation and Warming
Health of Houses
Petty Management
Noise
Variety
Taking Food
What Food?
Bed and Bedding
Light
Cleanliness of Rooms and Walls
Personal Cleanliness
Chattering Hopes and Advices
Observation of the Sick


Preface

The following notes are by no means intended as a rule of thought by which nurses can teach themselves to nurse, still less as a manual to teach nurses to nurse. They are meant simply to give hints for thought to women who have personal charge of the health of others. Every woman, or at least almost every woman, in England has, at one time or another of her life, charge of the personal health of somebody, whether child or invalid, --in other words, every woman is a nurse. Every day sanitary knowledge, or the knowledge of nursing, or in other words, of how to put the constitution in such a state as that it will have no disease, or that it can recover from disease, takes a higher place. It is recognized as the knowledge which every one ought to have--distinct from medical knowledge, which only a profession can have.

If, then, every woman must, at some time or other of her life, become a nurse, i.e., have charge of somebody's health, how immense and how valuable would be the produce of her united experience if every woman would think how to nurse.

I do not pretend to teach her how, I ask her to teach herself, and for this purpose I venture to give her some hints.

Excerpt

Disease a reparative process.

Shall we begin by taking it as a general principle--that all disease, at some period or other of its course, is more or less a reparative process, not necessarily accompanied with suffering: an effort of nature to remedy a process of poisoning or of decay, which has taken place weeks, months, sometimes years beforehand, unnoticed, the termination of the disease being then, while the antecedent process was going on, determined?

If we accept this as a general principle we shall be immediately met with anecdotes and instances to prove the contrary. Just so if we were to take, as a principle-all the climates of the earth are meant to be made habitable for man, by the efforts of man-the objection would be immediately raised, -Will the top of Mont Blanc ever be made habitable? Our answer would be, it will be many thousands of years before we have reached the bottom of Mont Blanc in making the earth healthy. Wait till we have reached the bottom before we discuss the top.

In watching disease, both in private houses and in public hospitals, the thing which strikes the experienced observer most...

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Product Details
ISBN: 9781628450842
ISBN-10: 1628450843
Publisher: Windham Press
Publication Date: June 27th, 2013
Pages: 120
Language: English