December 22, 1900


JAMA. 1900;XXXV(25):1634. doi:10.1001/jama.1900.02460510042010

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A recently reported occurrence in a Chicago hospital is of interest as possibly pointing a moral. According to the newspaper account, a nurse in a private hospital was detailed to attend a certain patient. It developed, however, that the case was one of scarlet fever, and she refused to obey and was consequently promptly discharged. As contagious diseases were not usually received in the hospital the other nurses held that their associate had been wronged, and they went on a strike. What the final outcome to the affair was, has not, to our knowledge, been published, but assuming' the facts to be as stated, the occurrence illustrates certain possibilities that are not altogether satisfactory to contemplate. A strike of nurses in a hospital is a disagreeable matter and might easily be a very serious one, involving possibly the comfort, the welfare and, it might be, even the lives of helpless

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