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September 28, 1940

Pneumonia and Its Nursing Care

JAMA. 1940;115(13):1126. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810390066032

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This booklet contains an account of pneumonia and its modern treatment such as every nurse and intelligent layman should possess. The sections devoted to nursing care are amateurish, and considerable supplementary information would be required by a nurse in the field. It is profusely but not well illustrated, many of the halftones having little instructional value in a nurses' manual. The apparatus is poorly chosen; a single stage regulator is shown. The statement "an oxygen cylinder would last six or seven hours" without reference to the liter flow rate is not helpful. The technic of a nurse collecting sputum with the tent opened shows, unless the motor has been stopped, a wasteful loss of oxygen-enriched air. It is preferable to pass the arm under the skirt of the tent. A thermometer and hygrometer should be in every tent, but the authors neither picture nor refer to them. The principles of

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