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Robert L. Brown History of Medicine

The Bonnie and Vern Bullough History of Nursing Collection (19th and 20th century)


This collection was established in 1985 by Bonnie Bullough, former Dean of the UB School of Nursing, and Vern Bullough, SUNY Distinguished Professor of History at Buffalo State College, the collection features historical materials in all fields of nursing including:

  • First British and American edition copies of Florence Nightingale’s Notes on Nursing
  • Textbooks authored by many of the early leaders of American nursing such as Isabelle Hampton Robb and Adelaide Nutting
  • General histories of nursing
  • Books on nursing specialties
  • Nursing in wars including the Civil War and WWI
  • Histories of nursing organizations