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December 26, 1925

The Nursing of Eye Cases.

JAMA. 1925;85(26):2052. doi:10.1001/jama.1925.02670260050032

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There can be no question in the mind of the reader of this pamphlet that Miss Kingham is an efficient and capable ophthalmic nurse; but she does not tell any one else how to be. The anatomy of the eye is described more briefly and in a more elementary manner than is usual in a grammar school physiology, although words of more than one syllable are used. Some of the commoner diseases of the eye are mentioned, and the treatment of each is spoken of briefly. But the treatment described is that employed by the surgeon, while the nurse is warned that she must not "even put drops in an eye without an order from the surgeon." The essentials of the technic of ophthalmic nursing are carefully hidden away in the text, without any cohesion. The illustrations so necessary for this type of instruction are lacking, and the word pictures

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