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October 7, 1950

Cancer Nursing: A Manual for Public Health Nurses

JAMA. 1950;144(6):507. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02920060069040

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Abstract

This manual was written as a tool for the public health nurse. It is hoped that it will enable her to recognize the early signs and symptoms of cancer and to enrich her home visits, her interviews and her teaching. The manual ably fulfils its purpose. It provides information pertinent to the public health nurse's needs on the nature and cause of cancer, common sites and types of cancer, the principles of its diagnosis, treatment and care. Cancer statistics and cancer control programs are discussed. The nurse will find particularly valuable the well organized and informative material on prehospital and posthospital nursing care of the cancer patient. Nursing procedures such as nasal feedings, crutch walking and the care of tracheotomy, gastrostomy, colostomy, mastectomy and cystostomy patients are outlined and illustrated. The book is recommended particularly for public health nurses and students affiliating in this service. Furthermore, all nurses, as health

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