The books in the
Canadian Nursing History Collection,
most donated by the CNA, are representative of the textbooks and
instruction manuals Canadian nurses used between 1878 and 1978.
The classic textbook, followed by almost all Canadian nurses,
was Principles and Practices of Nursing by Bertha
Harmer (later by Virginia Henderson and Gladys Nite). It is
included in several editions.
The books cover various aspects of nursing, including Cookery,
1905; Nursing Ethics, 1916; Materia Medica, 1899-1916;
Care of Sick Children, 1916; Obstetrics, 1911; Bandages and
Dressings, 1916; Midwifery, 1908; Public Health Nursing,
1913-1953; Anatomy and Physiology, 1903-1948; Hygiene and
Sanitation, 1913; Gynecology, 1933; Tuberculosis, 1934; and
Tropical Nursing, 1946.
In addition to published works, the
Canadian Nursing History Collection
contains early notebooks, written by students as lecture notes.
Included is a notebook on Materia Medica, which was
kept by a student at the Prince Edward Island Hospital in
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