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Home Care:  No Place Like Home: A History of Nursing and Home Care in the United States

JAMA. 2002;287(24):3265. doi:10.1001/jama.287.24.3265.
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The site of health care delivery is increasingly shifting from the hospital to the home, making the publication of No Place Like Home: A History of Nursing and Home Care in the United States most timely. Anyone interested in understanding the origins of our ambivalent relationship with home care will find Karen Buhler-Wilkerson's book invaluable. She exquisitely traces the history of organized home care in the United States from its inception in the 1880s until 1965, the year that home care benefits came to be included in Medicare. Throughout, the author interlaces the impact of social attitudes, medical advances, demographic change, and economic forces with the ebb and flow of organized home care's popularity. She also reveals the influence of race, ethnicity, gender, and social class upon not only access to quality care but also access to paid employment within organized home care, illustrating a rare willingness to examine discrimination within the social histories of the health professions, in this case, nursing.


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