May 29, 1915

The Tuberculosis Nurse. Her Function and Her Qualifications. A Handbook for Practical Workers in the Tuberculosis Campaign.

JAMA. 1915;LXIV(22):1869. doi:10.1001/jama.1915.02570480065032

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This book deals with the tuberculosis situation in Baltimore. It details the problems that have presented themselves in that city, how they have been solved, and how an effective nursing staff has been built up, first under private and later under municipal control. The situation in other cities and countries is not considered. This, however, in no way detracts from the value of the book. The author believes that only graduates of first-class general hospitals should be employed as visiting tuberculosis nurses, and advises strongly against employing women who have apparently recovered from the disease. In Baltimore the applicant for a position in this service is required to submit to examination by a specialist; a certificate of health from her family physician is not accepted. The hardships and difficulties in the work are considered and the necessity for education of patients and their families. The social and economic aspects of

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