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February 22, 1936

Medicine for Nurses

JAMA. 1936;106(8):651. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770080065038

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This is a treatise based on a series of lectures to nurses. The material is written in a compendious style with additions made to emphasize the importance of nursing in the various conditions. Apparently irrelevant material is included to cover the possibility of future examination questions. In several instances the treatment and prophylactic measures detailed are not the most modern. For instance, toxoid in diphtheria is not mentioned, gauze dressing on a vaccinia pustule is advocated, nasal catheter administration of oxygen in pneumonia is described as a method of choice, and active immunization against scarlet fever is omitted. Except for these few shortcomings, the volume is easily readable, covering a large subject well within the grasp of individuals who have not had a sufficient medical education.

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