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October 20, 1945

Principles of Psychology for the Basic Course in Nursing

JAMA. 1945;129(8):582. doi:10.1001/jama.1945.02860420050031

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This small book, by faculty members of the Catholic University, undertakes to provide material to be used as points of departure for discussions in the teaching of nurses. In highly condensed form the authors have endeavored to give a little of the essential material about the nervous system and much more about mental functioning. The result is a brief outline that should meet the purpose the authors intended, that is, as an aid to teachers of psychology. Taken by itself, however, the work has the basic weakness inescapable when those genetic considerations that offer the basis for the understanding of personality structure and human relationships are ignored, as they are by the authors. A nurse really cannot be helped to understand very much about her patient as a human being through a psychology that fails to give a consistent account of the growth and development of the emotional and social

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