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July 22, 1950

A Text-Book of Medicine for Nurses

JAMA. 1950;143(12):1124. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910470084033

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The avowed purpose of this book, expressed in its title, is laudable, but the execution falls short of the mark. The balance between conciseness and brevity on the one hand and adequate presentation on the other is not always well achieved; there are long sections on theoretic bacteriology and neurophysiology, yet infantile convulsions and subarachnoid hemorrhage are dismissed in less than half a page each.

There are places where one might take issue with dogmatic statements concerning therapy, e. g., "Interstitial keratitis (of congenital syphilis)... usually responds well to treatment," or the advice of a high residue diet in the treatment of "mucous colitis." On the whole, however, the medical outlook seems conservative and in good general agreement with prevailing thought. Unfortunately, the recent rapid advances in chemotherapy make some of the therapeutic sections of such a volume out-of-date by the time it leaves the press.

Despite its shortcomings, it

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