Hello and welcome back to 100 Days of Blogging. Today’s topic comes to us from the Random category, and the card says “If you had to write a book, what would you write about?”
Oh the horror! If I had to write a book? What ever would I do! Oh…wait, I’ve already written one full one with other books currently in progress. Though I guess I could branch out into another genre and see what I would write about in there.
Very well then, let’s say I’ve been commissioned by a publisher to write a history book. This isn’t too outside the realm of possibility as I do hold a BA in History, and did write a long paper on Religion and the Wars of the Roses. (Spoiler alert: The only religious figure that really cared was the Archbishop of Canterbury and only because he got tired of constantly arranging peace agreements between the Lancasters and the Yorks only to have the Lancasters break the peace.) Anyway, I’m commissioned to write a book and it has to be about history. What would I write about in history?
World War II is overdone in the popular history department, as well as the American Civil War, so those are both right out. It would need to be something that hasn’t been done to death, but can also hold people’s attention long enough that they keep reading. There is a reason why certain periods of history have more written about them than others.
I’ve got it. What I’ll write about is a history of nursing, focusing on the impact that various nurses and nursing organizations have had on the medical field, and how they have been historically underappreciated. I have a few primary sources for recent history in my own family, and since a lot of medical information tends to get written down for records searches later in a patient’s life, it shouldn’t be too hard to find primary source information about various periods of nursing.
So there we have it, if I had to write a book, and it wasn’t one in my usual wheelhouse, what would I write about? A History of Nursing.