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No Place Like Home

A History of Nursing and Home Care in the United States

Karen Buhler-Wilkerson

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Winner of the Lavinia Dock Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing

Honorable Mention for the Association of American Publishers Professional/Scholarly Publishing Awards in Nursing and Allied Heath

No Place Like Home sets out to determine why home care, despite its potential as a cost-effective alternative to institutional care, remains a marginalized experiment in care giving. Nurse and historian Karen Buhler-Wilkerson traces the history of home care from its nineteenth-century origins in organized visiting nurses' associations, through a time when professional home care…

Winner of the Lavinia Dock Award from the American Association for the History of Nursing

Honorable Mention for the Association of American Publishers Professional/Scholarly Publishing Awards in Nursing and Allied Heath

No Place Like Home sets out to determine why home care, despite its potential as a cost-effective alternative to institutional care, remains a marginalized experiment in care giving. Nurse and historian Karen Buhler-Wilkerson traces the history of home care from its nineteenth-century origins in organized visiting nurses' associations, through a time when professional home care nearly disappeared, on to the 1960s, when a new wave of home care gathered force as physicians, hospital managers, and policy makers responded to economic mandates. Buhler-Wilkerson links local ideas about the formation and function of home-based services to national events and health care agendas, and she gives special attention to care of the "dangerous" sick, particularly poor immigrants with infectious diseases, and the "uninteresting" sick—those with chronic illnesses.

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Anyone interested in understanding the origins of our ambivalent relationship with home care will find Karen Buhler-Wilkerson's book invaluable.

A compelling history with profound contemporary relevance.

Documents the persistence of the issues with which home-care agencies still struggle today.

This is a well-researched and balanced work that will capture the readers' interest... It is a wonderful addition to nursing historiography.

More than a history of a specialized branch of nursing, Karen Buhler-Wilkerson's book is a study of American values and priorities.

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312
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9780801873188
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Table of Contents

Part I. Inventing Home Care in the Nineteenth Century
Trained Nurses for the Sick Poor
Creating Their Own Domain: Ladies, Nurses, and the Sick Poor
Part II. The Work and Reality"Treatment of Families in

Part I. Inventing Home Care in the Nineteenth Century
Trained Nurses for the Sick Poor
Creating Their Own Domain: Ladies, Nurses, and the Sick Poor
Part II. The Work and Reality"Treatment of Families in Which There Is Sickness"
Caring in Its Proper Place: Race Relations at Home
Lillian Wald and the Invention of Public Health Nursing
Home Nursing Care - Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow: A Photo Essay
Part III. Management and MoneyThe Business of Private Nursing
A Cautionary Tale: The Metropolitan Life Insurance Company's Home Care Experiment
Part IV. Reinventing Home Care in the Mid-Twentieth Century
"An Unchanging Purpose in a Changing World"
Home Care Becomes the Fashion - Again
Epilogue: The Future of Home Care

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