|This book report is based on Making Gray Gold: Narratives of Nursing Home Care by Timothy Diamond. The book was published by The University of Chicago Press. It consists of 280 pages, including index.
The main theme of Making Gray Gold is that nursing homes are bureaucratic institutions that could use a healthy dose of "mother's wit." Mother's wit describes the maternal feelings and interpersonal skills needed by all persons who give primary care to the elderly: "Mother's wit is not an abstract concept or a set of ideas; it is the wide range of practices that hold the organization together" (241). Nursing is a caring profession, and nowhere is compassion and insight more needed than in the sterile environment of the nursing home. As Diamond's instructor advised him, "You have to look into a patient's eyes as much as