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March 12, 1938

Let's Help the Doctor

JAMA. 1938;110(11):838. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.02790110064032

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This book may not be the worst of books on home nursing, but it is not even moderately good. It would have been better if the author had adhered to her announced intention, as expressed in the introduction, of describing simple home nursing procedures. Instead, she puts in a chapter on vitamins, which is not only out of place but entirely inadequate and shows several evidences of poor judgment with respect to what every mother ought to know about vitamins as, for example, "How can I recognize body symptoms which will tell me if my family is getting enough, too much or too little of each of the vitamins?" Such advice contributes to the prevalence of the great American disease vitamin-jitters, which has attained the magnitude of an epidemic. The introduction of poetry or, at any rate, verse, into the text is unusual in this type of writing and seems

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