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Nurse Herbalist
Nurse Herbalist

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Gentle Medicine
Gentle Medicine

Perspectives On Cultural Diplomacy
Perspectives On Cultural Diplomacy

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Nurse Herbalist
Nurse Herbalist

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Dr. Martha Libster, Ph.D.

 

Dr. Martha Libster is the author of 9 books including the award-winning history of American botanical health care reform, Herbal Diplomats.  A native of Ohio, Martha holds a doctoral degree in Humanities - Medical History from Oxford Brookes University in Oxford, England, a masters degree in Psychiatric Nursing from the University of Colorado, and bachelor degrees in Dance Education from New York University and Nursing from Mount St. Mary’s University in Los Angeles. She has been awarded twelve grants including a Research Grant from the Vincentian Studies Institute in Chicago (2007), North Carolina Arts and Humanities Council Grants (2008, 2009), and has served as Visiting Research Scientist at Northwest University in Mafikeng, South Africa, funded by the Medical Research Council (2010).  In 2013, she held a Faith Andrews Research Fellowship in Shaker Culture from the Winterthur Museum, Garden, & Library. Martha has served as Associate Editor for Botanicals for the Journal of Holistic Nursing (2009-2013) and Guest Editor for 3 international nursing journals. Her research has taken her to the British Library in London, medical libraries and Shaker Villages throughout the USA, the archives of religious communities such as the Sisters and Daughters of Charity in Paris, Ohio, Indiana, and Maryland and the Archives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Salt Lake City, and numerous botanical medicine collections, such as the Lloyd Library in Cincinnati.

 

Dr. Martha’s histories, Enlightened Charity (2009) and Herbal Diplomats (2004), are vivid depictions of the lives of American women nurses in antebellum America, whose health care expertise, enacted in their religious communities’ infirmaries and hospitals, contributed to the reform of American health care and the establishment of some of the country’s most noted health care institutions. 

In addition, Dr. Martha has published 33 professional papers and 3 practice models on integrative nursing, health culture diplomacy and precision botanical self-care.

In 2020, she published Gentle Medicine for Balance in Body and Peace of Mind to introduce her Elements of Care model for self-care to the public.