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December 29, 1934

Mental Deficiency Nursing (Simplified)

JAMA. 1934;103(26):2053. doi:10.1001/jama.1934.02750520055034

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The problem of securing adequate attendants for the feebleminded seems to be as great in Great Britain as it is in this country. In America a strong back and a weak mind seem in many cases to be adequate qualifications for an attendant for mental defectives. Little effort is made in many institutions to train such people, for it is felt that a few adequately trained supervisors will prevent serious consequences from the insufficient mental equipment of attendants. The present work indicates clearly that little more is expected in England in the way of cerebral equipment than is expected here. It is necessary that two-syllable words be divided by hyphens into their component parts in order that they may be intelligible to the English mental deficiency nurse. The book contains summaries of all of medicine, including nursing and hygiene, and a discussion of mental deficiency. Apparently the potential readers are

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