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May 27, 1939

Mental Nursing in Observation Wards

JAMA. 1939;112(21):2201. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800210095042

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This volume was written for a special group of nurses, those who are working with mental patients in general hospitals. It does not seem to fit its purpose adequately and is probably not as good a book for educating mental ward nurses as those produced in this country by Sands and Noyes. It is a brief summary of the various types of psychoses. Not much detail is given in the matter of nursing and the special care of patients. A short chapter dealing with what the author calls normal psychology is a much too brief sketch of basic psychodynamics. The chapter on the anatomy and physiology of the nervous system is too short to be of much value. The last chapter is even more cursory and deals with the duties of nurses in mental observation wards. The volume is too inadequate to give a nurse much idea of her duties.

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