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October 1940

The Public Health Nurse and Her Patient.

Arch NeurPsych. 1940;44(4):928. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1940.02280100230021

The author, well prepared by training and experience both as a public health nurse and as a psychiatric social worker, has made through this interesting book an important contribution. The book not only is of value to the public health nurse but should appeal strongly to all nurses for its emphasis on the part played in disease by the habitual emotional reactions of the patient. The fact that an illness cannot be an isolated incident in the life of the patient must be of significance to all concerned with the intelligent care of the sick. Noteworthy are the topics which deal with the building up of right relationships between nurse and patient, particularly with reference to the need of recognition of individual differences; the relationships with co-workers and allied groups, and the importance of the achievement of skill in conference technics. Writing from the point of view of mental hygiene,

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