October 25, 1924

Public Health Nursing.

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By Mary Sewall Gardner, R.N., A.M., Director, Providence District Nursing Associaton. Second edition. Cloth. Price, $3. Pp. 432. New York: The Macmillan Company, 1924.

JAMA. 1924;83(17):1358. doi:10.1001/jama.1924.02660170074036

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This has been thoroughly revised. The subject matter is divided into six parts with many subgroups. Part 1 covers the rather phenomenal expansion of the public health nursing movement, and offers as an explanation that it is not a purely philanthropic impulse, but that it rests on the solid foundation of a well recognized and permanent necessity. A short chapter is devoted to fundamental principles of nursing. Modern problems of nursing are discussed under such headings as education, private or public control and publicity. The author says that the function of the private organization of the future will probably be initiation of new work, and supplementing the regular work of publicly controlled bodies. In summing up the arguments for specialization, the author concludes that there is danger that the broad grasp of the subject of public health will be missed. Likewise, specialization may be carried to such an extent that

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