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January 11, 1947

Body Mechanics in Nursing Arts

JAMA. 1947;133(2):144. doi:10.1001/jama.1947.02880020070032

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This book is well set up and freely illustrated. The illustrations are well done as drawings and show considerable thought. Well controlled imagination has been used in the development of both the text and the illustrative drawings. As a teaching textbook its brevity and simplicity are good. As read by the person already well educated and well versed in nursing it would seem that a good share of the material was unnecessary. Many of the situations of bad posture described and their good postural alternates occur so automatically to one well acquainted with nursing and body posture that at first it seems strange to include them. The real worth of the book lies in the ability of the author to understand the student nurse's mind, get back to early essentials and realize that what perhaps seems obvious to the physician is an unexplored field to the student. The descriptions of

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