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In many psychiatric hospitals, the actual daily care of patients is given by attendants. Capable, well trained and enthusiastic attendants contribute in an important way to an efficient psychiatric service.
As indicated in the foreword of this volume, the Nursing Committee of the American Psychiatric Association has focused on the problem of adequate and standardized training for the attendant. With the support of that committee in 1945, Laura W. Fitzsimmons first published "A Manual for Training Attendants in Mental Hospitals," giving a basic formula for a teaching plan.
The volume at hand is a text that may be used by the attendants taking the course outlined in the manual or by those who do not have the benefit of classes.
In reading this book one is struck by the wealth of practical material given in a concise and usable form. While there is sufficient material of a more theoretic nature,
Textbook for Psychiatric Attendants.. Arch NeurPsych. 1947;57(6):780. doi:10.1001/archneurpsyc.1947.02300290140012
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