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April 22, 1939

Essentials of Medicine

JAMA. 1939;112(16):1631. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800160095035

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The evolution of this volume through thirteen editions since 1908 has been an account of medical and nursing school programs during the last thirty years. Originally intended as a primer for the medical student's study of disease, the book at present is chiefly in the hands of the student nurse. The authors in preparing this edition have patterned it on the unit plan, following suggestions in the curriculum guide for schools of nursing. A section of doubtful value is the one intended to encompass the field of public health and medical sociology, an impossible task in five pages. Furthermore, with the mention of a drug such as sulfanilamide, the failure to list and discuss the toxic signs and symptoms is a real error, especially at a time when all are interested in this new drug and its dangers. The student nurse here has presented for her the essentials of medicine

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