Nursing Clio is an open access, peer-reviewed, collaborative blog project that ties historical scholarship to present-day issues related to gender and medicine. Bodies, reproductive rights, and health care are often at the center of social, cultural, and political debates. Our tagline – The Personal is Historical – is meant to convey that the issues that dominate today’s headlines are, in fact, ongoing dialogues that reach far back into our country’s past.
The mission of Nursing Clio is to provide a platform for historians, health care workers, community activists, students, and the public at large to engage in socio-political and cultural critiques of this ongoing and historical dialogue regarding the gendered body, the history of medicine, popular culture, current events, and other issues that catch our attention. Nursing Clio provides a coherent, intelligent, informative, and fun historical source for the consideration of these topics.
Oh, and why name our blog Nursing Clio? Well, I am glad you asked.
In Greek mythology, Clio is the Muse of History. She is one of nine daughters born to Mnemosyne and Zeus.
So, Nursing Clio is meant as a double entendre – Nursing, as in the medical profession, and nursing in the way that mothers nurse their children.
We think it is pretty catchy.