”The book is an absolute joy to read and I can’t find anything I did not like about this”
Title: Nursing Through The Years: care and compassion at the Royal London Hospital
Author: Sue Boase, Loretta Bellman, Sarah Rogers, and Barbara Stuchfield
Publisher: Pen and Sword History
Reviewer: Andrew Southgate, Canterbury Christ Church University
What was it like?
This is a fascinating history that maps the history of nursing at the Royal London Hospital from the 1940’s until the present day. However, it is also a history of nursing that anyone interested in our past will find captivating. The book flows seamlessly through the narrative of over 80 nurses who trained at the hospital. The accounts are humorous, touching and honest. The stories cover practically every aspect of nursing and the multitude of changes and challenges that our profession has faced over the last eighty or so years. It is the type of book that can be dipped in and out off, or completed in a few sessions. Either way this is a complete joy to read.
What were the highlights?
The highlights of the book are the images and pictures and the sub headings in each chapter. In addition the sense of fun and lighter moments enjoyed by the staff showed that, in spite of some of the hard work, and the rules and regulations, there was always time to brighten up people’s day.
Strengths & weaknesses:
The book is an absolute joy to read and I can’t find anything I did not like about this. I commenced nursing in the days when it was “training” rather than “education” and the references to EuSoL and Spenco Mattresses and The Linen Room made me smile!
Who should read it?
I would recommend the book to anyone interested in the history of nursing!
nursing through the years