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Nurses purchase tremendous numbers of books. Whereas only four or five thousand physicians are graduated annually, about eighteen thousand nurses leave the training schools each year. Publishers therefore feel the necessity of a complete line of books especially for this trade. Most nurses' textbooks seem to be books for the physician condensed and but slightly modified. Nurses are provided with a vast amount of information in their textbooks. It is safe to say that nurses would be quite competent in medical practice if they knew everything in the textbooks that are provided for them. Probably the same might be said for the physician. However, the physician supplements his books with laboratory training and with actual medical attendance on patients, whereas the nurse serves primarily as an aid to the physician.
The introduction here given would serve as a review of almost any book in the nursing field. The amount of
Communicable Diseases: For Nurses and Mothers. JAMA. 1929;93(6):481. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02710060057043
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