April 1, 1916

Occupation Therapy. A Manual for Nurses.

JAMA. 1916;LXVI(14):1054. doi:10.1001/jama.1916.02580400060035

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The Work of Our Hands. A Study of Occupations for Invalids. By Herbert J. Hall, M.D., and Mertice M. C. Buck. Cloth. Price, $1.50 net. Pp. 211, with illustrations. New York: Moffat, Yard & Co., 1915.

Dr. Dunton's book is based on a series of talks given to nurses at Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, and follows in arrangement the "course in occupation" given at that institution. Perhaps a better title would have been "Diversional Therapy." The primary purpose of occupation in therapy is "to divert the patient's attention from unpleasant subjects." A number of diversions, ranging from card games to stampcollecting, and of diversional occupations, ranging from the making of starched beads to basketry and "drawing and painting," are described.

Dr. Hall and Miss Buck discuss occupations for invalids from a wider point of view than that of diversion. Dr. Hall believes in productive work as "not only gymnastic

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