From traditional healers to telemedicine: a history of nursing in Malaysia

Birks, Melanie, Francis, Karen, Chapman, Ysanne, and Abdullah, Hjh Bibi Florina (2008) From traditional healers to telemedicine: a history of nursing in Malaysia. Singapore Nursing Journal, 35 (2). pp. 14-25.

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Malaysia is a country currently striving for developed nation status. Its history is both colourful and fascinating, from its pre-colonial times, through over a century of British rule, to its growth in the post-war period. Geographically and culturally this country is diverse and charming. Nursing in Malaysia shares a similarly interesting past. This article explores the history of nursing in Malaysia through pre-colonial, colonial, independent and global phases. With the bulk of progress occurring during the period of colonisation, nursing in Malaysia was influenced considerably by the profession as it was concurrently developing in Britain. Nonetheless, the uniqueness of the Malaysian environment has ensured that nursing has been shaped and strengthened by the challenges that have been confronted along this tortuous path. As a result, nursing in Malaysia is in a position to continue to rise above known and unknown obstacles facing contemporary health care in an increasingly complex global environment.

Item ID: 29540
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 0067-5814
Keywords: Borneo; colonialism; history; Malaysia; nursing
Date Deposited: 17 Mar 2017 00:36
FoR Codes: 11 MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES > 1110 Nursing > 111099 Nursing not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9202 Health and Support Services > 920210 Nursing @ 100%
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