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December 12, 1936

Mental Nursing (Simplified)

JAMA. 1936;107(24):1996. doi:10.1001/jama.1936.02770500062034

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The first half of the text has little to do with mental nursing but describes in a condensed handbook style anatomy, physiology, and medical and surgical diseases. A discussion of nursing procedure in mental disease finds only an occasional appearance in the remaining half of the book, which is largely devoted to condensed statements concerning psychology, psychoanalysis, mental disease and diseases of the central nervous system. Some of the definitions are too arbitrary; e. g.: "Dementia means weakness of mind.... Judgment is the mental process by which the attributes of a percept are considered separately." Although the book may be a suitable manual for the nursing staff of the hospital with which the author is connected, it contains so little material about the specific problems involved in mental nursing that one can hardly recommend it as a general textbook.

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