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Defining Moments in Medical History – Nurses' Narratives of their Everyday Experiences of a Key 20th Century Historical Event – the First Use of Antibiotics

Thurgood, Graham (2005) Defining Moments in Medical History – Nurses' Narratives of their Everyday Experiences of a Key 20th Century Historical Event – the First Use of Antibiotics. In: Narrative, Memory & Everyday Life. University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, pp. 231-242.

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      Abstract

      This article provides illustrations of how West Yorkshire nurses described their
      experiences of new technologies during their working lives in the 1940s. This
      paper focuses on nurses’ experiences of using the first antibiotics. The
      narratives are from life story oral history interviews which provided a rich
      collection of nurses’ memories. Ten extracts from four of the transcripts are
      used to provide an insight into how these drugs were used and how the nurses
      viewed their impact. Methodological and theoretical issues of using oral
      history and life story approaches in nursing are explored. Concluding issues
      relate to how nurses as health care professionals perceived their ‘everyday life’
      experiences in ‘ordinary’ settings and how they interpreted their past
      experiences of major historical health care moments.

      Item Type: Book Chapter
      Additional Information: Copyright for chapters remain with individual authors at all times and permission should be sought from the author for any reproduction other than for personal use.
      Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
      R Medicine > RT Nursing
      B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
      Schools: School of Human and Health Sciences
      School of Human and Health Sciences > Narrative and Memory Research Group > Narrative and Memory Research Group Annual Conference
      School of Human and Health Sciences > Centre for Health and Social Care Research
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      Depositing User: Cherry Edmunds
      Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2009 14:49
      Last Modified: 06 Jan 2011 19:34
      URI: http://eprints.hud.ac.uk/id/eprint/4959

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