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February 2, 1907

A Primer of Psychology and Mental Disease. For Use in Training Schools for Attendants and Nurses and in Medical Classes, and as a Ready Reference for the Practitioner.

JAMA. 1907;XLVIII(5):445. doi:10.1001/jama.1907.02520310069025

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This book fairly meets the demand for what it claims to be, a primer or elementary work on insanity and its management, suitable for hospital attendants. These are, or should be, something more than mere trained nurses, though this fact is not always duly appreciated, and we see no disadvantage in their having rudimentary instruction in psychology and such psychiatric data as will serve to educate their faculties of observation in the often difficult duties they have to perform. There is little danger of their presuming to pose as psychiatric specialists, if rightly trained, and there is a need, if not an actual demand, for trained mental nurses, not only in the hospitals but also for caring for the mentally afflicted outside—a work for which the ordinary trained nurse often shows a conspicuous unfitness.

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