New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons, 1878. 1st edition (Cordasco 70-2315). vii, , 143,  pp. Adverts last 4 pages. 12mo. 6-3/4" x 5". Original publisher's terra-cotta cloth binding with gilt stamped lettering to front board. Square & tight. Light shelfwear. A pleasing VG+ copy. Item #28853.2
A study of United States nursing history reveals that formal nursing schools were initially established in the early 1870s at two locales: Connecticut, at the Connecticut Training School in New Haven, and New York, at Bellevue. Both schools began instruction using Nightingale's NOTES ON NURSING, but found the need to publish texts of their own to accompany the training regimen provided their students... this manual of Bellevue's was one that resulted. There is tangential evidence that hints that CTS published one locally in 1876, though no copy is currently known to exist. Consequently, at present, this work of White's has the distinction of being regarded as the first strictly U.S. nursing textbook, receiving such priority based on its 1878 imprint date (the known C.T.S. Lippincott publication having an 1879 imprint date. Cf. Cordasco 70-1507).
A quite uncommon book on the subject, much more so than the Nightingale title, and just as important, if not more important, to the profession's development in the United States. OCLC does show fairly wide institutional holdings, however this seminal text is not in the NUC, nor none at auction these past 30 years and, in our experience, is infrequently encountered in the trade.