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February 28, 1925

The Operating Room. A Primer for Pupil Nurses.

JAMA. 1925;84(9):701. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02660350065042

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Miss Smith pictures the stern discipline of the operating room, integrating the duties of each member of the nursing staff, and allowing frequent glimpses of the reward of service. The arrangement and equipment of operating and sterilizing rooms are discussed and the minutiae of asepsis detailed. Directions are given for preparing necessary formulas and for "setting up" for various operations. The book is permeated by a keen sense of the human element in surgical procedures, thus enlivening a subject usually treated in a monotonous series of do's and don'ts. Miss Smith is evidently of the opinion that the federal Harrison Narcotic Act is a law of New York State only, and that inbreeding necessarily weakens a stock. The discussion of the question, "Should nurses administer anesthetics?" is excellent.

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