Springer Publishing Company was founded in 1950 by Bernhard Springer, the Berlin-born great grandson of Julius Springer, who founded Springer-Verlag (to this day an entirely independent company). Springer Publishing Company publishes books in the fields of nursing, psychology, gerontology, social work, counseling, public health, and rehabilitation.
Dr. Springer's first landmark publications included Livestock Health Encyclopedia by Dr. R. Seiden and the 1952 Handbook of Cardiology for Nurses. The new company's books soon branched into other fields, including medicine and psychology. Nursing publications grew rapidly in number, as Dr. Modell's Drugs in Current Use, a small annual paperback, became the gold standard text for many years, selling over 150,000 copies over several editions. Dr. Solomon Garb's Laboratory Tests for Nurses, first published in 1954, was also so popular that it made Springer Publishing Company one of the best known publishers of nursing books. Its six editions sold nearly 240,000 copies over 25 years.
In its second decade, Springer Publishing Company continued to pioneer new publishing areas to reflect the rapidly expanding health care industry. Gerontology was a growing topic of interest, and in the 1960s Bernhard Springer published six titles on aging-more than any other publisher-and gave his company a leading position in the field. Meanwhile, publications in psychiatry and psychology continued to grow, with Should the Patient Know the Truth? by Dr. Standard, and Dynamic Psychiatry in Simple Terms by Dr. Mezer. But it was The Picture Arrangement Test by the legendary psychologist Silvan Tomkins that placed Springer Publishing Company on the map in this field.
After Dr. Springer's untimely death in 1970, his wife Ursula, an honorary fellow of the Academy of Nursing, assumed responsibility for the company. Under Dr. Ursula Springer, Springer Publishing Company continued to expand, adding titles in social work, counseling, rehabilitation, and public health, in addition to publishing journals, annual reviews, and its first major reference, The Encyclopedia of Aging, now in its fourth edition.
In 2004, Dr. Ursula Springer sold Springer Publishing Company to Mannheim Holdings, LLC, a subsidiary of the Mannheim Trust, a family business that has been actively involved in the health care industry for more than 130 years. Since then, leading publications have included the fourth edition of Grief Counseling and Grief Therapy by William Worden, and the 10th edition of Jonas and Kovner's Health Care Delivery in the United States, edited by Anthony Kovner and James Knickman.
With CEO Ted Nardin, and a staff of seasoned publishing professionals, Springer Publishing Company is poised to maintain, and expand upon, the vision of its founders. Having won numerous awards, from the American Journal of Nursing Book of the Year Awards, to the ALA Choice Awards and the highly selective AAP PROSE Awards, Springer Publishing Company has established itself as a leader in the field of health care publishing. Celebrating over 60 years in business, it continues to navigate uncharted territory, publishing top quality and innovative academic and professional books for the health care and helping professions.