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When originally published, Charles Vincent's scholarship shed new light on the achievements of black legislators in the state legislatures in post-Civil War Louisiana-a state where black people were a majority in the state population but a minority in the legislature.
Now updated with a new preface, this volume endures as an important work that illustrates the strength of minorities in state government during Reconstruction. It focuses on the achievements of the black representatives and senators in the Louisiana legislature who, through tireless fighting, were able to push forward many progressive reforms, such as universal public education, and social programs for the less fortunate.
"Charles Vincent's book is a classic in the field of African American history-one of the ground-breaking works that helped pave the way for the scholarship that would follow."
-John C. Rodrigue, author of Reconstruction in the Cane Fields: From Slavery to Free Labor in Louisiana's Sugar Parishes, 1862-1880
"Charles Vincent is a widely respected historian whose book remains an important revisionist look at the ways that blacks were not simply pawns or victims during Reconstruction, but shaped the terms of emancipation and the agendas of governments in the post-Civil War South."
-Scott P. Marler, University of Memphis
The second edition puts greater emphasis on this practical side.Examples of team based initiatives show how patient safety can beimproved by changing practices, both cultural and technological,throughout whole organisations. Not only does this benefitpatients; it also impacts positively on health care delivery, withconsequent savings in the economy.
Patient Safety has been praised as a gateway tounderstanding the subject. This second edition is more than that– it is a revelation of the pervading influence of healthcare errors, and a guide to how these can be overcome.
"... The beauty of this book is that it describes the complexityof patient safety in a simple coherent way and captures the breadthof issues that encompass this fascinating field. The authorprovides numerous ways in which the reader can take this subjectfurther with links to the international world of patient safety andevidence based research... One of the most difficult aspects ofpatient safety is that of implementation of safer practices andsustained change. Charles Vincent, through this book,provides all who read it clear examples to help with thesechallenges" From a review in Hospital Medicine by Dr SuzetteWoodward, Director of Patient Safety.
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