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September 2, 1939

Nursing an Art and a Science

JAMA. 1939;113(10):969. doi:10.1001/jama.1939.02800350079041

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This is a practical book portraying the training and teaching of nurses in a modern medical center. The meticulous care of the patient and the need for comfortable surroundings are emphasized. Bedside care and the preparation of patients for various examinations and tests to meet the demands of modern diagnostic medicine are included. Various routine tests which a nurse should know in order to carry out more accurately a physician's instructions are simply and intelligently described. The administration of drugs, the use of physical therapy, the preoperative and postoperative care and the complications that might retard convalescence are well covered. Not only is this book well worth while for nurses, but many a physician could learn from it innumerable methods of making patients more comfortable.

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