Healing Henan: Canadian Nurses at the North China Mission, 1888-1947 by Sonya GrypmaHealing Henan: Canadian Nurses at the North China Mission, 1888-1947 by Sonya Grypma

Healing Henan: Canadian Nurses at the North China Mission, 1888-1947

bySonya Grypma

Paperback | July 1, 2008

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While volumes have been written about the Protestant missionary movement in China, scant attention has been paid to the role of nursing and nurses in these missions. Set against a backdrop of war and revolution, Healing Henan brings sixty years of missionary nursing out of the shadows by examining how Canadian nurses shaped health care in the province of Henan and how China, in turn, influenced the nature of missionary nursing.

From the time Presbyterian (later United Church) missionaries arrived in China in 1888 until the abrupt closure of the North China Mission in 1947, Canadian nurses were ubiquitous in Henan. As China underwent a tumultuous transition from dynastic kingdom to independent republic, Canadian nurses advanced a version of hospital-based nursing education and practice that rivalled modern nursing care in Canada. In Healing Henan, Sonya Grypma offers a highly readable and fresh perspective on China missions and the global expansion of professional nursing. As the first comprehensive study of missionary nursing in China, it will be of particular interest to nurses and missionaries, and to historians of Canada, China, nursing, medicine, women’s work, and missions.

Sonya Grypma is an associate professor of nursing at Trinity Western University. Sonya Grypma is an associate professor of nursing at Trinity Western University.
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Title:Healing Henan: Canadian Nurses at the North China Mission, 1888-1947Format:PaperbackDimensions:312 pages, 8.97 × 6 × 0.82 inPublished:July 1, 2008Publisher:Ubc PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Foreword

Acknowledgments

List of Spellings

List of Abbreviations

Introduction

1 The Gospel of Soap and Water, 1888-1900

2 Visions Interrupted, 1901-20

3 Modern Nursing at Last, 1921-27

4 Golden Years, 1928-37

5 Scattered Dreams, 1937-40

6 War Years, 1941-45

7 The Last Days, 1946-47

Conclusion: Creating a Cloistered Space

Epilogue: Return to Henan, 2003

Appendices

Appendix 1: List of Missionary Nurses at North China Mission

Appendix 2: List of WMS Nurses Who Resigned to be Married

Appendix 3: Three Types of Missionary Nurses

Appendix 4: Missionary Nurse Education

Appendix 5: Summary of 1947 Confidential Report

Notes

Bibliography

Index

Editorial Reviews

While volumes have been written about the Protestant missionary movement in China, scant attention has been paid to the role of nursing and nurses in these missions. Set against a backdrop of war and revolution, Healing Henan brings sixty years of missionary nursing out of the shadows by examining how Canadian nurses shaped health care in the province of Henan and how China, in turn, influenced the nature of missionary nursing.From the time Presbyterian (later United Church) missionaries arrived in China in 1888 until the abrupt closure of the North China Mission in 1947, Canadian nurses were ubiquitous in Henan. As China underwent a tumultuous transition from dynastic kingdom to independent republic, Canadian nurses advanced a version of hospital-based nursing education and practice that rivalled modern nursing care in Canada. In Healing Henan, Sonya Grypma offers a highly readable and fresh perspective on China missions and the global expansion of professional nursing. As the first comprehensive study of missionary nursing in China, it will be of particular interest to nurses and missionaries, and to historians of Canada, China, nursing, medicine, women’s work, and missions.When I first read Margaret Brown’s history of the North Henan mission, I said to myself, there’s a thesis that needs to be written. A book on Canadian missionary nurses would make an important contribution to missions history and theory, the history of medicine in Canada and China, and to feminist and post-colonial cultural studies … Sonya Grypma has done it. - Alvyn Austin, co-editor of Canadian Missionaries, Indigenous Peoples: Representing Religion at Home and Abroad