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July 25, 1931

Chemistry for Nurses.

JAMA. 1931;97(4):271-272. doi:10.1001/jama.1931.02730040053037

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The problem of reviewing this textbook presents more difficult decisions than would the review of a more profound work. The difficulties hinge on whether a worth-while chemistry course can be taught in the time allotted to chemistry in an average nurse's training course. The reviewer is of the opinion that this cannot be done, so there is little excuse for the book. The author, publishers and others undoubtedly feel that extremely elementary courses are worth while; hence the volume. The volume is both a textbook and a laboratory manual. The text-book portion contains twenty-four chapters, of which thirteen are devoted to inorganic chemistry, three to organic chemistry and the remaining eight to biologic or physiologic chemistry. Of these, the chapters devoted to biologic subjects are of much more value than are the chapters devoted to organic chemistry and inorganic chemistry. The inorganic and organic chapters are much too brief to

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