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July 10, 1948


JAMA. 1948;137(11):1000. doi:10.1001/jama.1948.02890450080036

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Here is a broad concept of nursing which includes many phases of the nursing field, a description of the practice of nursing, a history of nursing and a description of the responsibilities of those engaged in the profession. This new text written, as the author states in the preface, for the beginning nurse student, includes a brief description of all these phases. The principles of democratic philosophy are exemplified, as is the reconstructionists' philosophy of attaining democratic ideals.

Part I challenges the interest of the student at once by introducing her (or him) to professional nursing through a brief summary of nursing history and of nursing trends in the twentieth century. The student gains appreciation of the present status of nursing through a description of the studies which have guided the profession, and of other forces which have influenced the profession. A breadth of view and universality of outlook based

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