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The Frontier Nursing Service: America's First Rural Nurse-Midwife Service and School by Marie Bartlett

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When the Frontier Nursing Service was established in Leslie County, Kentucky, it was unprecedented. It sent nurses on horseback to attend to child-bearing women and their families in some of the most rugged and inaccessible inhabited areas of the United States. Arguably even more dramatic is that fact that the FNS has been able to survive and thrive throughout all the changes that have affected its home county and the nation since. Today its nursing school is still attracting students from across the nation, and it continues to provide care for local families. This book covers the FNS for its first 40 years, until 1965.

Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, 2009. 250 pages with an Index, Bibliography, Notes, and photos. Trade paperback.