July 11, 1942

Nursing Care of Communicable Diseases: Prophylactic Technics for the Prevention and Control of Disease

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By Mary Elizabeth Pillsburg, R.N., M.A. With a chapter on Fungous Diseases. By Grace Maguire Swanner, M.D. And a Brief Picture of Public Health Nursing. By Mary E. Edgecomb, R.N. Science Adviser: Jean Broadhurst, Ph.D., Professor of Bacteriology, Teachers College, Columbia University, New York City. Sixth edition. Cloth. Price, $3. Pp. 604, with 138 illustrations. Philadelphia, Montreal & London: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1942.

JAMA. 1942;119(11):915-916. doi:10.1001/jama.1942.02830280061031

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This book contains a store of information for one who either plans to follow a career in public health or is now engaged in that special field of nursing. For the average student in training the scope of the text is perhaps too broad to be readily absorbed. Nevertheless, it would still serve well for reference, and medical students and practitioners also could profit from its use.

Although the author states in the preface to this edition that she has "carefully reviewed the entire text" and that "particularly important is the addition of new material on chemotherapy," no noteworthy improvements over the preceding edition are apparent.

Discussions relating to the treatment of some of the sixty different diseases included in part two, though necessarily brief, could be better. In the chapter on diphtheria a nurse might easily gain the impression that sulfanilamide could be given as a substitute for antitoxin.

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