Mary Breckinridge and the Frontier Nursing Service

Wendover, in Hyden, Kentucky, where Mary Breckinridge established the Frontier Nursing Service. Photo by Jerrye & Roy Klotz MD, licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-SA 3.0.

We have talked before on the show about pioneers who advanced the medical field specifically as it relates to infants or the underprivileged, and today’s subject is definitely another to add to that list. But, there are some problematic elements to her story.

Holly's Research:

  • Breckinridge, Mary. “Wide Neighborhoods: A Story of the Frontier Nursing Service.” UNIVERSITY PRESS OF KENTUCKY. 1981.
  • Ettinger, Laura, Dr. “Midwives on Horseback: Saddlebags and science.” Smithsonian Blog. March 26, 2015.
  • Goan, Melanie Beals. “Mary Breckinridge: The Frontier Nursing Service and Rural Health in Appalachia.” UNC Press. 2012.
  • Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica. “Mary Breckinridge.” Encyclopædia Britannica. March 31, 2017.
  • “The Forgotten Frontier.” Directed by Marvin Breckinridge Patterson. Published online by the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  • Hanink, Elizabeth, RN, BSN, PHN. “Mary Breckinridge (1881-1965) and the Frontier Nursing Service.” Working Nurse.
  • Johnson, Dana Allen. “'A Cage of Ovulating Females:'Mary Breckinridge and the Politics of Contraception in Rural Appalachia.” Marshall University. Marshall Digital Scholar. 2010.
  • “History of FNU.” Frontier Nursing University.
  • “Mary Breckinridge Hospital – Our History.”

Topics in this Podcast: World War I, biographies, women, medical history, 20th century, nurses