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August 19, 1950

The Sociology of the Patient: A Textbook for Nurses

JAMA. 1950;143(16):1456. doi:10.1001/jama.1950.02910510074036

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As the author suggests, nursing has become much more than wheeling a dressing cart, giving injections or carrying bed pans, and there is growing recognition of the significant part nurses can play in the recovery of the patient. This book is an excellent contribution toward better understanding by nurses of the social and psychologic aspects that may be extremely strong forces in recovery from illness. Because nurses are no longer untutored handmaids, they are in a position to read this type of discussion with understanding and benefit.

Presented as a working tool and with much more emphasis on practice than theory, the volume employs various devices to indoctrinate the reader. Three different aspects are considered, the individual patient, the patient in relation to his family and other groups and the patient's interests and problems. At the end of each chapter are review questions and a bibliography, and at the end

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