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Leeuwenhoek's Legatees and Beijerinck's Beneficiaries

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ISBN: 9789048544066 9789463720113 Year: Pages: 361 DOI: 10.5117/9789463720113 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Medicine (General) --- History
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The title of the book pays tribute to two Dutch scientists without whom
virology would arguably not exist today, at least not in its present guise. The
first is Antony van Leeuwenhoek, whose reports of microscopic discoveries
in the early eighteenth century aroused interest in the world of invisible
creatures. His findings laid the basis for a theory of a particulate cause
of infectious diseases, but, as George Rosen wrote, without any tangible
results in support of the theory (1993/1958, pp. 84-85). Some 250 years later
Martinus Willem Beijerinck launched the discipline of virology with his
idea that tobacco mosaic disease (TMD) was caused by a living contagious
fluid or filterable living pathogen.

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History --- medicine --- microbiology --- virology

Care at a Distance

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Book Series: Care & Welfare ISBN: 9789089643971 Year: Pages: 204 DOI: 10.26530/OAPEN_413032 Language: English
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Computer Science --- Medicine (General) --- Political Science
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This widely researched study demonstrates convincingly that neither grandiose promises nor nightmare scenarios have much to do with actual care practices employing telecare. Combining detailed ethnographic studies of nurses and patients involved in telecare with a broad theoretical frameworky from various disciplines, the author concludes that these practices leads to more rather than less intense caring relations, resulting from a spectacular raise in the frequency of contacts between nurses and patients. Patients are much taken with this, not because they feel they are finally able to manage themselves, but because they can ‘leave things to the experts’. The patients find that caring is something that is best done for others. The book frames urgent questions about the future of telecare and the ways in which innovative care practices can be built on facts rather than hopes, hypes or nightmares.

The Rise of Mental Health Nursing

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ISBN: 9789053565018 Year: Pages: 328 DOI: 10.5117/9789053565018 Language: Undetermined
Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
Subject: Medicine (General) --- Psychology --- Sociology --- Social Sciences --- History
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Examining the relations between the rise of scientific psychiatry and the emergence of mental health nursing in Dutch asylums, this study analyses the social relationships of class, gender and religion that structured asylum care in the Netherlands around 1900. Drawing on archival collections of four Dutch asylums, the book highlights the gendered nature of mental health nursing politics. Seeking to model the asylum after the forceful example of the general hospital, psychiatrists introduced new somatic treatments and designed mental nurse training which aimed at creating a nursing staff skilled in somatic care. The training system, based on the projected image of the civilized, middle-class female nurse, bringing competence and compassion to the care of the mentally ill, created new opportunities for women, while at the same time restricting the role of men in nursing. Capturing the contradictory realities of hospital-oriented asylum care, the book illustrates the social complexity of the care of the mentally ill and forms an important addition to the historiography on European psychiatry.

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