JAMA 100 Years Ago Section Editor: Jennifer
Reiling, Assistant Editor.
Short cuts into medicine and its allied professions are becoming numerous.
Before us is an advertisement of the Chicago Correspondence School of Nursing,
Pierre, S. D., licensed to transact business in Illinois with a state capital
of $2,500. If there is any occupation that would seem to us to require direct
special object-teaching and experience, it is nursing, and what class of products
the correspondence school will turn out is a matter of interest. Nursing is
a practical handicraft, as little theoretical in many respects as anything
can be, and any part of it that can be taught by didactic teaching or correspondence
is comparatively minute and unimportant. The value of well-trained nurses
is appreciated, not only by physician and patient, but by the general public,
and it is very natural that attempts should be made to furnish a cheap imitation;
but we as physicians, knowing what poor nurses may be, are interested in forestalling
such attempts as far as possible. If there is to be a correspondence school
of nurses let us make sure that we do not get any of their graduates among
our aids. She would not be a very exceptional one who would be of much use.
Official Warning Against Charlatans.. JAMA. 2003;289(3):366. doi:10.1001/jama.289.3.366-a