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The Voyage into the Sea of Critical Illness

James Kelly

in Where Night Is Day: The World of the ICU

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451683
eISBN:
9780801467653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451683.003.0001
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

In this chapter, the author reflects on the daily and hourly activities of the doctors and nurses in the intensive care unit (ICU) where he works. He describes the ICU as pure medicine and a nursing ... More


Diagnosis, Diagnosis, Diagnosis

James Kelly

in Where Night Is Day: The World of the ICU

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451683
eISBN:
9780801467653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451683.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

In this chapter, the author reflects on the importance of diagnosis in medicine. He first describes almshouses that functioned like hospitals in America before citing one thing that makes the ... More


Nursing Isn’t a Journey

James Kelly

in Where Night Is Day: The World of the ICU

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451683
eISBN:
9780801467653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451683.003.0003
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

In this chapter, the author argues that nursing isn't a journey like medicine. He begins by providing a brief background on the history of the medical profession, saying that doctors haven't always ... More


One More Day

James Kelly

in Where Night Is Day: The World of the ICU

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451683
eISBN:
9780801467653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451683.003.0004
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

In this chapter, the author describes what a typical day is like in the intensive care unit (ICU). He first reflects on the history of medicine and how it progressed to a sovereign profession, to a ... More


The Dream of Cure

James Kelly

in Where Night Is Day: The World of the ICU

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451683
eISBN:
9780801467653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451683.003.0005
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

In this chapter, the author talks about how the pursuit of cure led medicine astray, away from the primordial gift of healing, and to lose touch with the personal side of illness. In The Lost Art of ... More


Nursing: What It Is and What It Is Not

James Kelly

in Where Night Is Day: The World of the ICU

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451683
eISBN:
9780801467653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451683.003.0006
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

In this chapter, the author talks about what nursing is and what it is not. He begins by citing Florence Nightingale's 1859 book Notes on Nursing, subtitled What It Is and What It Is Not. It was ... More


Medicine as Ghost Rain

James Kelly

in Where Night Is Day: The World of the ICU

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451683
eISBN:
9780801467653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451683.003.0008
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter reflects on the notion of medicine as “ghost rain.” Ghost rain refers to the dark rain tendrils that fall from white clouds but evaporate in the dry air and never reach the ground. In ... More


Poetic and Tragic Murmurings of the Everyday

James Kelly

in Where Night Is Day: The World of the ICU

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451683
eISBN:
9780801467653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451683.003.0010
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter explores the notion of everyday life and what Michel de Certeau calls its “poetic and tragic murmuring.” It begins by discussing the perception that ordinary people who are ill do not ... More


Can They Hear?

James Kelly

in Where Night Is Day: The World of the ICU

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451683
eISBN:
9780801467653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451683.003.0012
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter considers one question that a family of the patient in the intensive care unit (ICU) wants to ask: whether the doctor can hear. It first discusses Michel de Certeau's claim that people ... More


Leaving Ends the Love

James Kelly

in Where Night Is Day: The World of the ICU

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
August 2016
ISBN:
9780801451683
eISBN:
9780801467653
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Cornell University Press
DOI:
10.7591/cornell/9780801451683.003.0013
Subject:
Sociology, Occupations, Professions, and Work

This chapter considers nursing as a kind of love, one that ends when the patients leave; in other words, leaving ends the love. Focusing on James Agee's book Let Us Now Praise Famous Men, it reflects ... More


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