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One of the many advantages of a hospital training or an internship in a large hospital is the opportunity it affords of learning the details of many minor procedures relating to the care of patients both before and after operations, which, heretofore, have formed in a sense an unwritten book and which have descended by word of mouth or by precept from senior to junior members of the house staff.
In this volume appears much of this "unwritten" matter. so that the younger members of the profession need no longer be altogether dependent on their senior brothers for the acquisition of this knowledge. But the contents of this volume are much more comprehensive than might be inferred from the above, as it contains much that is essential for the nurse to know, such as how to prepare the patient for the operation, or for catheterization; how to give enemas; formulas
Surgical After-Treatment. JAMA. 1910;55(15):1316. doi:10.1001/jama.1910.04330150076038
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