Historical photographic evidence is not as straightforward as it might appear.
Barbra Mann Wall is an associate professor and associate director at the Barbara Bates Center for the Study of the History of Nursing at University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing in Philadelphia.
She also coordinates Looking Back. Contact author: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Editor's note: This is the first installment of a new column called Looking Back, intended as a forum for scholars of nursing history by scholars using primary sources, visual documents, and text. By focusing on photographs that capture significant moments in the development of the profession, we hope to raise awareness of the richness and relevance of nursing history among nurses and the general public. Looking Back seeks interesting historical photographs accompanied by brief essays that speak to each photograph's context and its implications for contemporary nursing. Submissions can be essays in which the photograph is the primary focus, narrative essays accompanied by a photograph, or a series of photographs that tell a story. Photographs should be of strong visual and historical interest to a wide audience. All submissions are peer reviewed. For more information, see AJN's author guidelines at http://ajn.edmgr.com.