1. Stieve, Ed PhD

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I read with interest the reader comments regarding the July cover photo ("Image Consciousness,"Letters, November 2003).


As someone who works outside the profession but is fascinated by the dynamics of nursing, especially its history and culture, I appreciate the broad view AJN takes. It provides technical and professional information while acknowledging nursing's rich culture, which has been influenced by art, literature, and history.


In this stressful time of wars and epidemics, it might be beneficial for all of us-RNs and nonnurses alike-to pause occasionally, appreciate its history, and laugh. Why shouldn't we learn from the past, creating our own contemporary "joyful image" and "lighthearted moment"?


Ed Steve, PhD