Monday, May 30, 2011

Hong Kong Nurse

Title: Hong Kong Nurse
Author: Ellen Elliott
Copyright:1968
Publisher: Dell
Illustrator: Edrien King
Review available

Her signature is in the ceiling on the left-hand side.

For blonde Betty Anders, the offer to nurse in Hong Kong hospital seemed the answer to her prayers. Far from home, she might forget the shattered romance that had left her heart in tatters. There was little time in her new job for sad memories. Days were spent in the hospital, and evenings with the young and handsome Dr. Rod Corbett. But just as Betty felt almost ready to love again, disaster struck. Inspired by pity, she had become involved with certain confidential problems of Dr. Sun, a brilliant Chinese surgeon. Angered, Rod turned away from her. How could Betty explain the truth without violating Dr. Sun’s secret: Amid danger, international intrigue and pulse-racing excitement, the lovely young nurse found the answer.

Condemned Nurse

Title: Condemned Nurse
Author: Jane Converse
Copyright: 1971
Publisher: Signet
Illustrator: Allan Kass
Review available here

His signature is in the lower right-hand corner.

“I’m going to have fun!” Donna announced, her defiant words blurred by the bourbon she was downing. “That’s why I quit my job. I’m going to live a little!” Jackie looked at her pale, disheveled roommate who was renouncing her career, reviling the doctor who loved her, and drinking herself into a stupor. “Why?” she wondered, “why?” Too soon, Jackie would learn Donna’s dark secret—a secret Jackie could not share with anyone, must not even hint to Donna that she knew—a secret that, in the end, might destroy Jackie too.

Cinderella Nurse

Title: Cinderella Nurse
Author: Jane Converse
Copyright: 1967
Publisher: Signet
Illustrator: Allan Kass
Review available

This cover is credited on Allan Kass Book Covers.

“Give it up,” Glen Seabrook had said. “They’re using you, Rita. They’ll never change.” But she couldn’t abandon her family. And she lost Glenn. It all seemed so long ago. Before she became wife to an alcoholic, mother to a son—and widow. At twenty-four, life held no more surprises for Rita Ambler. Then came the accident that changed everything. That thrust Rita Ambler into the arms of Dr. Lester Wyman and out of reach of his new protégé, Dr. Glen Seabrook…the only man she had ever loved.

College Nurse

Title: College Nurse
Author: Fern Shepard
Copyright: 1965
Publisher: Pyramid
Illustrator: Ser Leone
Review available here

He is credited on the back cover.

Since the tragic death of her fiancé one week before their wedding, Fern O’Connor had buried her grief in her work as a nurse at College Hospital. She thought she’d buried her heart with it. But when her wealthy young patient, Bob Creasey, reached out to her in his desperate emotional need, she found herself responding not just as a nurse, but as a woman. And when her anger at the brilliant and arrogant Dr. Stanley Lowden began to change to excitement, Fern had to choose between faithfulness to a memory and her duty—as a nurse and as a woman.

A Challenge for Nurse Melanie

Title: A Challenge for Nurse Melanie
Author: Isabel Moore
Copyright: 1963
Publisher: Ace
Illustrator: Bob Schinella
Review available

His signature is in the lower right-hand corner.

Melanie Woods had all the qualifications of a fine nurse—intelligence, quickness and dedication. But one fault threatened her brilliant career; she placed people ahead of rules. So when Melanie, acting almost instinctively, performed an emergency tracheotomy with only a penknife and a key, the Director of Nurses gave her a final warning. Although Melanie promised to obey hospital rules in the future, could she live up to her promise when a dying man requested the one thing forbidden to him?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Bush Hospital

Title: Bush Hospital
Author: Gladys Fullbrook
Publisher: Harlequin
Copyright: 1968
Illustrator: Bern Smith
Review available

His signature is in the lower left-hand corner.

When Ann Royce joined the Voluntary Service Overseas and went to work as a nurse in a bush hospital in Tanzania, she left an unhappy love affair behind her. Was it that previous humiliating experience of love in England that threw her so quickly into the arms of Jeremy when, at the same time, she was so attracted to David? In the hot sun of East Africa, she gradually discovered the answer.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Wilderness Nurse

Title: Wilderness Nurse
Author: Marguerite Mooers Marshall
Copyright: 1950
Publisher: Pocket Books
Illustrator: Isabel Dawson
Review available.

She is credited on the back cover (though her first name is spelled Isabelle).

Denise Burke was gay and youthful and a very good nurse in a big city hospital. She loved her career, and she loved Larry Randall, who wanted to marry her and have her give up that career to be his wife. Troubled and uncertain, Denise went north for a vacation and a chance to make her decision away from the pressures of either work or love. Then … she had a serious accident and it took the skill of a master surgeon to heal both her body and her heart.

Wrong Diagnosis

Title: Wrong Diagnosis
Author: Kerry Mitchell
Copyright: 1962
Publisher: Dell
Illustrator: Harry J. Schaare

He is credited on the back cover.

Dr. Ben Grady: New to the hospital staff, the older doctors watched every move he made.
Lisa Eldridge: She watched the attractive new doctor too, but for different reasons.
Tony Conrad: Playboy heir to a lumber fortune, no doctor was going to tell him how to spend his money or when to drink his liquor.
Susan Pritchard: She knew Ben liked her—as a woman—but why did he tell her, “You’re my nurse, Susan, nothing else.”

Doctor on Call

Title: Doctor on Call
Author: Kerry Mitchell
Copyright: 1962
Publisher: Dell
Illustrator: Harry J. Schaare

He is credited on the back cover.

The attractive young doctor sat by his patient’s bedside, his strong hands holding hers. “You want this baby,” he said, “and you’re going to have it. I’m going to give you your baby...and your life.” Brian Temple was many things to many women—to Margaret Lenssen he was the brilliant doctor who promised to bring her child safely into the world; to Carol Bishop he was a dashing playboy, an exciting challenge; and to Nurse Ann Forester he was the man she would love forever—no matter what.

Doctor’s Bride

Title: Doctor’s Bride
Author: Elizabeth Seifert
Copyright: 1960
Publisher: Dell
Illustrator: Tom Miller

The signature in the lower right-hand corner reads just “Miller,” but Tom Miller was illustrating covers for other books by Elizabeth Seifert for Dell at this period, so I am attributing this cover to him. (Thanks to Lynn Monroe for help with this identification.)

The first months of marriage were not easy for Dr. Turnbeau’s lovely young bride, Julie. There were long lonely nights when Rolf worked in his lab until dawn. There were the demands of the patients who claimed so great a share of her handsome young husband’s dedication. All this Julie was prepared to face. But when glamorous and sophisticated Shannon Rorick returned to town, Julie’s heart was thrown into turmoil. Could she face this challenge from her husband’s past—the challenge of a love that had not died?

 

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The New Doctor

Title: The New Doctor
Author: Elizabeth Seifert
Copyright: 1962
Publisher: Permabook
Illustrator: Jo Polseno

His signature is on the right.

His teeth were very white and flashed when he talked or smiled. He moved gracefully and spoke with a voice that was deep and soft and musical. That was how Arline Evans, the clinic’s administrator, first saw Jamie Faloon, the new doctor at the chemical plant. Soon Arline was enraptured. But Jamie appeared quite different to the clinic doctors who watched the romance blossom. Why did the elder Dr. Faloon eye his son’s career nervously? Why did Jamie’s beautiful stepmother frantically defend him as she pushed into society? Were Jamie’s mistakes with patients due to an ambitious man’s carelessness? Or was there some hidden intent behind them—a desire to play God?

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Ski Lodge Nurse

Title: Ski Lodge Nurse
Author: Diana Douglas
Copyright: 1970
Publisher: Signet
Illustrator: Allan Kass
Review available

His signature is in the lower right-hand corner.

For raven-haired, sports-loving Ria Madden, being a nurse at Hurricane Valley Ski Lodge had been, for the past three seasons, the perfect job—glamorous, exciting, fun. But this year was different. This year was trouble, and Ria knew it. It began with the strangely persistent romantic attentions of Thor Carlsen, the handsome Nordic skiing champion. It increased in intensity with Dr. Leon Marshall’s inordinate concern with Ria’s every after-hours activity. And then, without warning, it exploded into an avalanche of danger which forced her to face the ultimate challenge of her nursing career—and to make the most crucial decision of her life…

Wayneston Hospital

Title: Wayneston Hospital
Author: Elizabeth Kellier
Copyright: 1963
Publisher: Ace
Illustrator: Lou Marchetti
Review available

He is credited on the back cover.

Wayneston was a very small village hospital, having only one resident doctor, the young Chief of Staff, Ian Collington-King. And when Susan Brent came to work there as a staff nurse, the enigmatic doctor immediately roused her curiosity. Susan’s puzzlement grew after she confided her feelings to her fiancé, handsome Brian Draycott. For Brian was sure a scandal was attached to Dr. King’s name, and for his own purposes Brian was anxious to uncover it. Why had the brilliant young surgeon chosen to hide away in Wayneston? What had Brian to gain by discovering Dr. King’s secret? And why did Susan find herself in the storm center of an emotional battle between two men in her life?

Settlement Nurse

Title: Settlement Nurse
Author: Rosie M. Banks
Copyright: 1959
Publisher: Permabooks
Illustrator: Robert Abbett
Review available

His signature is under the stairs, and he is credited on the back cover.

Cindy anxiously watched her delirious patient. Kenneth Randall was a new experience for her. To the older nurses from the settlement house he was just another drifter—a vagrant who moved from one cheap hotel room to another, from one misery to the next. But Cindy saw only a man who needed her as no one ever had. It was her job to save him. But from what? His past was a mystery. And what of his future? Did it depend on the show girl who had left her green stockings in his room? Suddenly Cindy was shocked to realize that she was actually jealous of a woman she had never seen. It was ridiculous—but it had happened. Cindy was falling in love with a strange man she hadn’t even spoken to!

University Nurse

Title: University Nurse
Author: Arlene Hale
Copyright: 1967
Publisher: Ace
Illustrator: Lou Marchetti
Review available

He is credited on the back cover.

Sara Arnold, the nurse at Heights University, knew what it was to go beyond the call of duty, to help sick or troubled students. But she needed love, too, and she couldn’t share Noel with so many of his devoted—and beautiful students. Sara loved the dedicated young professor, but how could she accept just a small corner of his life when someone like Hal offered her his whole world? For Hal was the kind of man who would give up all for the woman he loved. As a responsible nurse, Sara could understand Noel’s dedication to his career, but sometimes even a girl like Sara, usually so full of common sense, had trouble choosing between what reason dictated and her heart demanded.