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Bads in Nursing Ethics, History and Historiography

The question of what constitutes good care and how the understanding of this varies historically and culturally is the subject of intensive reflections on the history and ethics of care. Less attention, however, is paid to negative experiences in nursing care. According to the Dutch philosopher Annemarie Mol such experiences are termed ambiguously as “bads” in care: “There is something else that bothers me. It is that somehow writing about the goods of care is just too nice. Too cosy. There are also bads to address, but how to do so?” (Mol 2010)

The second issue of the European Journal for Nursing History and Ethics is related to the International Conference “’Bads’ in healthcare: Negative experience as an impetus to reform in nineteenth and twentieth centuries” organised by the Swiss Society of the History of Health and Nursing, 21/22 June 2018 in Winterthur, Switzerland. The aim of the conference was to enlarge our understanding of how nurses were interlinked with “bads” in healthcare, of how they addressed and responded to negative experiences and how they contributed to the reform of healthcare in the 19th and 20th centuries.

--- Photo: Nurse of the Pitkäniemi Mental Asylum, 1905-1915, Collection: “Photos of Pitkäniemi Mental Asylum” (1171:22), Museum Centre Vapriikki, Tampere, Finland

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  1. Jun 2020

themed section
  1. Jun 2020

    Bad Nursing? Workhouse Nurses in England and Finland, 1855–1914
  2. Jun 2020

    How Much Politics is Permissible in the Nursing of the “Insane”? The History of the Unionisation of Psychiatric Nurses in the German Reich through the Lens of the Uchtspringe Prussian State Asylum 1900–1933
  3. Jun 2020

    Eugenics and Healthy Families. Interdependence and Legitimation
  4. Jun 2020

    The “Curative-Protective Hospital Regime” Concept in the Medical and Nursing Practice of 1950s USSR
open section
  1. Jun 2020

    Material Configurations of Nursing and their Ethical Implications. The Prolonged Bath Treatment in Psychiatry
  2. Jun 2020

    Dealing with Scarcity of Resources in Nursing. The Scope and Limits of Individual Responsibility

European Journal for Nursing
History and Ethics (ENHE)

Official Publication of the
European Association for
the History of Nursing

ISSN 2628-4375