COVID-19: Presence of the Past
Historians cut through the noise in the media with expertise relevant to a reasoned societal response and nursing.
- Cynthia Connolly, PhD, RN, FAAN
As we struggle to make sense of the unfolding public health directives about the current coronavirus pandemic, looking at lessons from past pandemics can help. In times like these, nurses and nursing care have played a critical role in saving lives and relieving suffering. By looking to the past, we can begin to understand both the effectiveness and challenges related to quarantines and social isolation.
Bates Center in the News
- Drs. Cynthia Connolly, Patricia D’Antonio, and Julie Fairman discussed the role of nurses and the nursing profession in the history of pandemics on CHSTM’s Historical Perspectives on STEM - Nursing and COVID-19
- Dr. Julie Fairman in American City Business Journals: States Grant Nurse Practitioners Full Practice Authority
- Dr. Julie Fairman in American City Business Journals: Covid-19 Changes Nursing, Resurrects Discussion of Public Health Needs
- Drs. Patricia D’Antonio, Mary Naylor, and Linda Aiken in Research in Nursing & Health: Nursing Research is Coronavirus Research
- Drs. Julie Fairman, Cynthia Connolly, and Patricia D’Antonio in The Hill: Nurse Practitioners Need to be “In”
- Dr. Julie Fairman was quoted in the Washington Post: The history and mystery of Purell, the most sacred goo of our new era
- Drs. Julie Fairman, Cynthia Connolly, and Patricia D’Antonio in The Philadelphia Inquirer: Coronavirus nursing shortage? Three ways to get more nurses — now.
- Dr. Patricia D’Antonio: Radio Times with Marty Moss-Coane: Lessons from 1918
- Dr. Patricia D’Antonio was quoted in The Philadelphia Inquirer: The world has suffered through other deadly pandemics. But the response to coronavirus is unprecedented.
- Dr. Patricia D’Antonio in American Journal of Nursing’s Off the Charts: 1918 Redux: Supportive Nursing Care for the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Courageous Care
- Here are a selection of relevant open-access books - Please note that access is subject to change
- The Burdens of Disease: Epidemics and Human Response in Western History, by J.N. Hays (Available through April 30)
- Blood on Their Hands: How Greedy Companies, Inept Bureaucracy, and Bad Science Killed Thousands of Hemophiliacs, by Eric Weinberg and Donna Shaw (Available through April 30)
- The Death of a Disease: A History of the Eradication of Poliomyelitis, edited by Bernard Seytre and Mary Shaffer (Available through April 30)
- Beasts of the Earth: Animals, Humans, and Disease, by E. Fuller Torrey and Robert H. Yolken (Available through April 30)
Selected articles from Echoes & Evidence, the Barbara Bates Center’s blog: