Journal Article

Gendered Notions of Expertise and Bravery

Julie Fairman and J. Gilbride

in Journal of the History of Medicine and Allied Sciences

Volume 58, issue 4, pages 442-448
Published in print October 2003 | ISSN: 0022-5045
Published online October 2003 | e-ISSN: 1468-4373 | DOI:
Gendered Notions of Expertise and Bravery

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This paper explores the highly gendered nature of expertise and bravery from the perspective of “hospital stories,” using the narrative generated by a nurse working in a burn unit on September 11, 2001. Through the use of narrative, the instability of gender as a way to categorize thought and action is thrown open to a more nuanced and broader analysis of the less visible, but just as compelling aspects of disasters and crises.

Keywords: nursing; disaster response; professional identity; burn unit

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Subjects: History of Medicine

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