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First, Do No Harm
Power, Oppression, and Violence in Healthcare, Volume 1
Edited by Nancy L. Diekelmann

Interpretive Studies in Healthcare and the Human Sciences
Nancy L. Diekelmann, Series Editor, Pamela M. Ironside, Series Assistant Editor

"An impressive step forward in the dialogue about improving health care in the global situation where many factors, such as biotechnology and profit, seem to have the upper hand in the value system."
—JoAnn Glittenberg, University of Arizona

First, Do No Harm shows how health care professionals, with the best intentions of providing excellent, holistic health care, can nonetheless perpetuate violence against vulnerable patients. The essays investigate the need to rethink contemporary healthcare practices in ways that can bring the art and science of medicine back into sorely needed balance.

These ground-breaking studies by noted scholars question commonly held assumptions in contemporary healthcare that underlie oppressive power dynamics and even violence for patients and their families. The contributors discuss such topics as women and violence, life-support technologies, and healthcare professionals' own experiences as patients. First, Do No Harm   opens the discourse for reaching new understandings, from reassessing the meaning of "quality of life" to questioning the appropriateness of the very language used by healthcare professionals. It will be welcomed by healthcare workers and by scholars in nursing, medicine, and the allied health sciences.

CONTRIBUTORS: Nancy Diekelmann, Claire Burke Draucker, James J. Fletcher, Joanne M. Hessmiller, Kathryn Hopkins Kavanagh, Mary Cipriano Silva, Rebecca S. Sloan, Elizabeth Smythe and Jeanne M. Sorrell.

Nancy L. Diekelmann is the Helen Denne Schulte Professor in the School of Nursing at the University of Wisconsin–Madison. She is a past president of the Society for Research in Nursing Education. Her many books include Primary Health Care of the Well Adult and Transforming R.N. Education, both of which received Book of the Year awards from the American Journal of Nursing. She is also the editor of Teaching the Practitioners of Care, published by the UW Press.

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the cover of First, Do No Harm is brown with circular design elements.

July 2002
LC: 2001006771 R
280 pp.    6 x 9

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