From its first issue in 1900 through to the present day, AJN has unparalleled archives detailing nurses’ work and lives over more than a century. These articles not only chronicle nursing's growth as a profession within the context of the events of the day, but they also reveal prevailing societal attitudes about women, health care, and human rights. Today's nursing school curricula rarely include nursing's history, but it's a history worth knowing. To this end, From the AJN Archives will be a frequent column, containing articles selected to fit today's topics and times.
This month's article, from the June 1930 issue, is a thoughtful discussion of the psychosocial aspects of epilepsy. The physician–author makes the point that most research was conducted on people with epilepsy who were institutionalized—that is, who were most ill—and observes that “many of the popular impressions of the disease, unfounded as they often are on a scientific understanding of the condition, make the problem unnecessarily painful” for both patient and family. As Smith and colleagues note in their article in this issue, “Ep-ilepsy Update, Part 1: Refining Our Understanding of a Complex Disease,” epilepsy remains a highly stigmatized condition today, and misinformation about epilepsy re-inforces this stigma. Subscribers can view the entire archive article at http://bit.ly/1FMxjgJ.
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