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July 14, 1945

Tropical Nursing: A Handbook for Nurses and Others Going Abroad

JAMA. 1945;128(11):836. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860280062025

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Abstract

' Some of the most important information in this handbook is included in the introduction and the chapter on personal hygiene in the tropics. The advice offered to one going to the tropics for the first time is sound and might well be heeded. The diseases are treated briefly and in an elementary fashion. The descriptions are hardly complete enough for the nurse to risk a differential diagnosis and start treatment in the absence of a doctor. The nursing procedures referred to are all ones employed in illnesses of temperate climates and in effect deny the existence of a field of "tropical nursing." However, the important part that insect vectors play in transmission of tropical diseases is aptly stressed with its relation to the nursing problems. A section on technic which outlines blood examination, blood transfusion, bowel lavage, the test meal, intramuscular injection and intravenous injection is a simple review for

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