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February 25, 1956

Nursing Practice and the Law

JAMA. 1956;160(8):724. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960430114033

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From time to time physicians have been asked by their office nurses or by one of the nurses in a hospital for the answer to some legal problem that has arisen in connection with the nurse's activities. On occasion the physician himself becomes curious about his legal relationship with his nurse or, what is more disturbing, has been asked to lecture on the subject to a class of nurses. More likely than not the physician has not known the answer nor the name of a book to which he could turn to provide himself with the necessary background. This book is a satisfactory source to which to refer. It could be reduced in bulk by at least one-third by the elimination of material that is not pertinent to the practice of nursing or necessary for a nurse to know, such as legal procedure and trial, legal aspects of crimes and

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