May 16, 1942

The Public Health Nurse in Action

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By Marguerite Wales, R.N., F.A.P.H.A., Nursing Education Consultant, W. K. Kellogg Foundation, Battle Creek, Michigan. With a foreword by Lillian D. Wald. Cloth. Price, $2.75. Pp. 437, with illustrations. New York: Macmillan Company, 1941

JAMA. 1942;119(3):306. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830200074033

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This tells what public health nursing is by a series of case studies drawn from all the varied types of service—maternity, infant and preschool, school, communicable diseases, tuberculosis, orthopedic, venereal disease, industrial and the care of the chronically ill. Under each special service discussed there is an analysis of the problem and the progress made to date toward its solution. This discussion is made graphic by the inclusion of well told case stories. The responsibilities of the public health nurse to the family in its entirety are stressed, and each case story emphasizes her effort toward attaining the objective of greater family independence, social and economic. In every instance the case stories are success stories and, while the author points this out in her introduction, one cannot but get a feeling of the Horatio Alger as one reads. Perhaps after Dr. Derryberry's various treatises on the subject, this emphasis on

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