Call the Midwife
Call the Midwife

Life in London’s East End in the 1950s was tough. The brothels of Cable Street, the Kray brothers and gang warfare, the meths drinkers in the bombsites- this was the world Jennifer Worth entered when she became a midwife at the age of twenty-two. Babies were born in slum conditions, often with no running water. Funny, disturbing and moving, Call the Midwife brings to life a world that has now changed beyond measure.

 

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Is Medicine Still Good For Us? A primer for the 21st Century
Is Medicine Still Good For Us? A primer for the 21st Century

Is Medicine Still Good For Us?

The sophistication of modern medicine is an exceptional feat in which many of us benefit from unpredcidented levels of care. Yet medical progress comes at a price: resistance to anti-biotics, ever-mutating superbugs and the unintended yet devasating consequence of prescribing opiates are all part of today’s medical landscape. Is the natural human experience being over ‘medicalized’ as we seek pharmaceutical remedies for every kind of suffering? Are its astronomical costs furthering global inequality? Where has modern medicine failed us and how does it need to change? This inclusive volumes interogates the economics and ethics of modern practices and the impact they have on our lives.

 

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Introducing Statistics: A Graphic Guide
Introducing Statistics: A Graphic Guide

From the medicine we take to the cars we drive, the clothes we wear adn even the beer we drink, statistics hae given shape to the world we inhabit.

However, for the media, statistics are routinely ‘damning’, ‘horrifying’ or, occasionally, ‘encouraging’.

Exploring the history, mathematics, philosophy and practical use of statistics, Eillen Magnello – with the help of Borin Van Loon’s deft illustration – traces the rise of statistics from the ancient Babylonians, Egyptians and Chinese, to the censuses of the Romans and the Greeks, and the modern emergence of the term itself in Europe.

They explore the English Victorians such ass William Farr who created the modern discipline of vital statistics, and Francis Galton, W. F. R. Weldon and Karl Pearson who established the fundamentally different modern discipline of mathematical statistics.

Introducing Statistics is an enjoyable, suprise-filled tour through a subject that is both fascinating, and crucial to understanding our world.

 

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How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back
How Women Rise: Break the 12 Habits Holding You Back

Do you hesitate about putting forward ideas? Are you reluctant to claim credit for your achievements? Do you find it difficult to get the support you need from your boss or the recognition you deserve from your colleagues?

If your answer to any of these is ‘yes’, How Women Rise will help you get back on track. Inspiring and practical by turns, it identifies twelve common habits that can prove an obstacle to future success and tells you how to overcome them. In the process, it points the way to a career that will satisfy your ambitions and help you make the difference you want to make in the world.

 

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How to Treat People: A Nurse at Work
How to Treat People: A Nurse at Work

The hand of a stranger offered in solace. A flower placed on a dead body as a mark of respect. A gentle word in response to fear and anger. It is these moments of empathy, in the extremis of human experience, that define us as people.

Nobody knows this better than a nurse and Molly Case has witnessed countless such moments. In How to Treat People, she documents these extraordinary points, when two people truly connect. In rich, lyrical prose, she introduces us to patients with whom we share the pain, but also the experience of illness when life is at its most vivid. And when her father is admitted to the high dependency unit on which she works, Molly confronts care in a whole new way, when two worlds – the professional and the personal – suddenly collide.

Weaving together medical history, art, memoir and science, How to Treat People beautifully illustrates the intricacies of the human condition and the oscillating rhythms of life and death. Most of all, it is the heart-stopping reminder that we can all find meaning in being part, even for a moment, of the lives of others.

 

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The Little Book of Feminism
The Little Book of Feminism

Do you want to know more about the fight for women’s rights, what we’ve achieved and how we got there? This helpful little guide will teach you the history, theory, big issues and everything you need to know to become a card-carrying feminist.

 

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The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story
The Language of Kindness: A Nurse’s Story

Christine Watson was a nurse for twenty years. Taking us from birth to death, from A&E to the mortuary, here is her astonishing, heartwarming account of a professional defined by acts of car, compassion and kindness.

 

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This Is Going To Hurt
This Is Going To Hurt

97-hour weeks. Life and death decisions.

A constant tsunami of bodily fluids.

And the hospital parking meter earns more than you.

Welcome to the life of a junior doctor.

Scribbled in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, Adam Kay’s dairies provide a no-holds-barred account of his time on the NHS front line. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, this is everything you wanted to know – and more than a few things you didn’t – about life on and off the hospital ward.

 

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DK Life Stories: Florence Nightingale
DK Life Stories: Florence Nightingale

Florence Nightingale was a pioneer of nursing at a time when women were discouraged from working outside the home, especially in the field of science. She saved many lives both on and off the battlefield through implementing a new standard of medical care, and by leading groups of nurses to improve conditions. In this biography for kids ages 8-12, learn all about the inspiring story of Florence Nightingale–social reformer, statistician, and mother of modern nursing who bucked the social norms of her day and changed the world.

DK Life Stories go beyond the basic facts to tell the true life stories of history’s most interesting people. Full-color photographs and hand-drawn illustrations complement thoughtfully written, age-appropriate text to create an engaging book children will enjoy reading. Definition boxes, information sidebars, fun facts, maps, inspiring quotes, and other nonfiction text features add depth, and a handy reference section at the back makes this series perfect for school reports and projects. Each book also includes an author’s introduction letter, a glossary, and an index.

 

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Florence Nightingale at First Hand
Florence Nightingale at First Hand

Florence Nightingale is one of the most famous figures in modern history. Yet much of what we know of her emanates from unreliable second-hand accounts and from a mid-reading of the primary sources. Florence Nightingale at First Hand, by Lynn McDonald, editor of Nightingale’s Collected Works and the world’s foremost Nightingale authority, aims to put this right. This is a book that reports what Florence Nightingale said and did, based on her writing, of which a massive amount survives, scattered in over two hundred archives throughout the world. Published to commemorate the centenary of Nightingale’s death, McDonald’s study presents a Florence Nightingale for the twenty-first century, as an author of great style and wit, a systems thinker and pioneering public health reformer – the heroine and nurse were only the start.

 

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Florence Nightingale Teacher/ Family Pack
Florence Nightingale Teacher/ Family Pack

If you are a teacher or a parent whose child is learning about Florence, then this pack is for you! Based around the KS1 curriculum, this pack gives a good basis for learning all about Florence and the work she did in the classroom and at home.

 

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Hoorah for Mary Seacole
Hoorah for Mary Seacole

Mary was a brave nurse.

When a war started in the Crimea, she sails far across the sea to offer her help. Can she save the soldiers, even when the bullets at flying?

 

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Gin Made Me Do It: 60 Beautifully Botanical Cocktails
Gin Made Me Do It: 60 Beautifully Botanical Cocktails

From delicate floral notes to crisp citrus bites, gin remains a perennial favourite of cocktail-sippers everywhere. Originally a centuries old medicinal elixir, the brilliantly botanical spirit is much more than tonic’s sidekick. Today’s gin is sophisticatedly sippable, adding depth and flavour to any drink. This beautifully illustrated book will introduce you to a host of cocktails, from the classic to the cutting edge, showcasing the versatile potential of gin.

In Gin Made Me Do It, gin aficionado and cocktail maven Jassy Davis explains everything you need to know: how to choose the right type, mix the ultimate martini and deliver delicious cocktails for every occasion.

Add elegance to your evenings with the perfect G&T or an updated classic like the Aviation or Vesper, or if you’re feeling adventurous, sip on Yuzu Sours, Shooting Stars, Salty Sea Dogs and many more gin-spirational treats.

 

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A History of Nursing
A History of Nursing

A History of Nursing explores the history of nursing by investigating the earliest records of the caring profession, how it progressed and what established it along the way to becoming the nursing we see today. It starts at the beginning of the story –  how, once upon a time, all we had to depend on was Mother Nature.

Over time, education and standards improved for the safety, development and governance of the profession. Not everything was plain sailing and the book introduces lesser-known people who made this possible, sometimes at great cost to themselves, and the effect military nursing had on the nineteenth century in turning nursing from religious principles to the secular standards we see today.

How did nursing go from being knowledge handed down through ancient scripts, folklore and sometimes by accident, to the degree-level, accountable practice of modern times? And why do nurses not wear hats anymore? A History of Nursing answers all these questions and more.

 

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Confessions of a Male Nurse
Confessions of a Male Nurse

From stampeding nudes to inebriated teenagers, Michael Alexander never knew what he was getting himself into. But now, sixteen years since he first launched into his nursing career – as the only man on a gynaecology ward – he’s pretty much had to deal with everything…

Body parts that came off in his hands.

Teenagers with phantom pregnancies.

Doctors unable to tell the difference between their left and right.

Violent drunks.

Singing relatives.

Sexism.

… and more nudity than the sex industry.

 

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Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women
Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women

Little Black Book: A Toolkit for Working Women is the modern  career guide every creative woman needs, whether you’re just starting out or already have years of experience.

Full of fresh ideas and no-nonsense practical advice, Otegha Uwagba takes you through everything you need to build a successful self-made career: from money management to building a killer brand, via a crash course in networking like a pro and tips on overcoming creative block.

With contributions from trailblazing creative women- including acclaimed author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Refinery29 co-founder Piera Gelardi, The Gentlewoman’s Penny Martin and many more- Little Black Book is a curation of essential wisdom and hard-won career insights. Whether you’re a thinker, a maker, an artist or an entrepreneur, you’ll find inspiration for your working life here.

 

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Notes on Hospitals
Notes on Hospitals

The founder of modern nursing expressed her revolutionary ideas of hospital reform in these two essays, published in 1859 and presented the previous year at the Social Science Congress. During the Crimean War, Florence Nightingale achieved renown as The Lady with the Lamp, the tireless caretaker of wounded soldiers. Afterward, Nightingale searched Europe for innovations to help the army improve its hospital care. This report of her findings and suggestions had a profound effect on the medical community and reestablished the author as an international healthcare authority.

Despite the advances in medical knowledge since Nightingale’s era, her common-sense approach continues to form a solid foundation for nursing. In these essays she voices the importance of hygiene―fresh air and water, cleanliness, proper drainage, and ample light―as well as ongoing consideration for patients’ feelings. Nightingale’s ability to effectively articulate her ideas impressed her contemporaries and continues to influence modern readers. This volume serves as a companion to Nightingale’s classic of nursing literature, Notes on Nursing: What It Is, and What It Is Not.

 

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Florence Nightingale Pitkin Guide
Florence Nightingale Pitkin Guide

A guide to Florence’s life and work by Kirsteen Nixon.

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Florence Nightingale: A Very Brief History
Florence Nightingale: A Very Brief History

Paperback edition of Florence Nightingale: A Very Brief History by Lynn McDonald

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Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse
Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse

Hard back copy of Florence Nightingale: The Courageous Life of the Legendary Nurse by Catherine Reef

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Florence Nightingale Biography
Florence Nightingale Biography

Comprehensive biography about Florence, written by Mark Bostridge

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Saving Lives: Why The Media’s Portrayal Of Nursing Puts Us All At Risk
Saving Lives: Why The Media’s Portrayal Of Nursing Puts Us All At Risk

Paperback edition of Saving Lives: Why The Media’s Portrayal Of Nursing Puts Us All At Risk by Sandy Summers and Harry Jacobs Summers.

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The Crimean War: The Truth Behind the Myth
The Crimean War: The Truth Behind the Myth

A study of the Crimean War by Clive Ponting

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Women in the First World War
Women in the First World War

Paperback edition of Women in the First World War by Neil R. Storey and Molly Housego.

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A Nurse at the Front: The First World War Diaries of Sister Edith Appleton
A Nurse at the Front: The First World War Diaries of Sister Edith Appleton

Edited by Ruth Cown and foreword by Michael Morpurgo.

Edith Appleton, known as Edie, was working as a professional nurse when war broke out in 1914. She immediately joined the military nursing services and spent the next four years treating dying and injured allied soldiers in France and Belgium, as they fought an entirely new type of war: one of horrendous living conditions, gas attacks and shell-shocked survivors.

A Nurse at the Front contains the fascinating diaries Edie kept of her experiences. Surrounded by death, she never lost her appreciation of life. Against the background of Ypres and the Somme, Edie writes unflinchingly, with clarity and even wit. We see the Great War through a new set of eyes in an acutely observed, courageous account of life on the front line of treacherous warfare.

 

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Vlad and the Florence Nightingale Adventure
Vlad and the Florence Nightingale Adventure

Written by Kate Cunningham and illustrated by Sam Cunningham

The dirt and filth of Scutari Hospital is the perfect home for a Vlad the flea and Loxton the rat. But the arrival of Florence Nightingale and her strange companion changes everything. Will the friends be driven out or can they save the day?

 

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Vlad and the Florence Nightingale Adventure Activity Book
Vlad and the Florence Nightingale Adventure Activity Book

Written by Kate Cunningham and illustrated by Sam Cunningham.

In 1854 Vlad the flea and Loxton the rat were enjoying the rotten food and dirt in Scutari Hospital. Their lives were turned upside down by the arrival of Florence Nightingale and her tortoise Jimmy. They know a lot about Florence and her work, but how much do you know?

Find out about Florence Nightingale through puzzles and games and learn how to people with basic first aid skills.

 

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