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Int Hist Nurs J. 1999 Autumn;4(4):33-9.

The impact of the beat generation and popular culture on the development of Martha Rogers's Theory of the Science of Unitary Beings.

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University of Wales, College of Medicine, Cardiff.


In the 1940s and 1950s, Greenwich Village, and New York City in general, were places that were participating in great change. Beat Generation writers, pop artists and contemporary musicians were redefining their crafts. In the midst of all this lived Martha Rogers, who was redefining her craft, nursing. In this paper the author argues, in what could be defined as a beginning and informal hermeneutic analysis, that in order to fully understand the Science of Unitary Human Beings it is necessary to understand the social context in which the theoretical framework was developed. Implications arising from the insights that emerge from this brief exploration of the social context in which the Science of Unitary Human Beings developed, which concentrates on the writing of the Beat Generation, are discussed.

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