Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice

[The nursing of history - the history of nursing]

BEZERÉDI Gábor

JUNE 20, 2014

Journal of Nursing Theory and Practice - 2014;27(03)

[The purpose of nursing is always the same: to restore a patient’s health, and provide help during his or her illness. Findings demonstrate that nursing already had an important role thousands of years before Christ. Broken bones, healed skull trepanations and joint diseases can be discovered in early findings. Caring for injured members of the same species cannot be seen, but in the case of elephants and dolphins, who provide company to the suffering member. The rest of the animals simply let the injured die. The author reviews the history of this remarkable activity, and introducing it from the beginning to our days, with particular regard to the milestones in Hungary.]

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