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November 1932

Mental Nursing (Simplified).

Arch NeurPsych. 1932;28(5):1242. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1932.02240050278033

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This is a very good and informative book on the nursing of mental patients written by the superintendent of a hospital for mental diseases in England. If a nurse were able to master all of the knowledge contained therein, she would probably know much more than the average physician. For example, figure 11 denotes the level of activities such as the cortical, basal, midbrain, medullary, spinal and so on, and while voluntary movements are rightfully placed in the cortex, instinctive movements are put in the basal ganglia, and postural in the midbrain.

What has all this to do with nursing? Apparently the English authorities who ordain the type of knowledge needed for mental nursing are just as stupid as they are in this country. What is really needed is more common sense and less learning.