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June 27, 1936

A Guide to Psychiatric Nursing

JAMA. 1936;106(26):2258. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770260052028

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It is at once apparent that this book is the result of mature judgment. It had its inception in a course of lectures for the nurses in the Osawatomie State Hospital. The present edition is well written and the illustrations are excellent. It is intended especially for training the psychiatric nurse, which purpose it should serve with credit. The book is well arranged. The introductory chapter is on the history of psychiatry and it takes the student in an orderly manner through the various developmental stages of mental history. The chapter on definitions of mental disease is rather short and might better have been incorporated in one of the following chapters. The classification of mental diseases employed by the authors is one modified from that of Henderson and Gillespie. There is a short but excellent chapter on psychopathology which, however, may be a little difficult for the average student nurse

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