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March 29, 1941

Introduction to Medicine

JAMA. 1941;116(13):1487-1488. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820130149039

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The student nurse of today not only receives preliminary training superior to that imparted some years ago but, in addition, must have a more extensive knowledge of medicine, because of the responsibilities given to her in her various capacities. This book has been written to fill the need for, first, giving the student nurse a quick survey of the fundamental background of disease entities. Symptoms, diagnosis and treatment are covered with the maximum of detail. The early chapters of the book on subjects such as social service and mental reaction of the patient to disease are of dubious necessity. The ensuing chapters, however, should do much to make medicine more understandable to nurses. Such material as is included in the chapters on the relation of bacteria to disease, the transmission of communicable diseases, pathology, history taking, physical examination and laboratory tests are important. The second section of the book covers

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