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April 12, 1941

Orthopedic Surgery for Nurses Including Nursing Care

JAMA. 1941;116(15):1745-1746. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820150135031

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This book is full of practical material and is well illustrated. Although the book is intended primarily for nurses, it would be valuable in the libraries of practitioners of medicine and of medical students. It covers, in a general way, most of the problems of orthopedic surgery. Many parts of the book would be useful to physical therapists, especially those in the field. In Massachusetts under a law passed two years ago, all visible deformities must be reported on the birth certificate. This is probably one of the most powerful assets in knowing about the population of cripples. Mention might be made of this to secure similar action in other states. The chapter on orthopedic nursing gives some sound and practical points and should be read carefully by all nurses who intend to specialize in the care of orthopedic patients. There might be some criticism of some of the apparatus.

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