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November 30, 1940

Pathology

JAMA. 1940;115(22):1911. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810480075027

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Abstract

Although the title of this book gives no indication of its purpose, the introduction and text suggest that it is intended for nurses. In addition to a short review of the meaning of terms used in pathology there are also appended directions for collecting, labeling and examining specimens destined for a laboratory of clinical pathology. The appropriateness of writing a pathology for nurses might well be questioned. Possibly they should have their minds and their time fully occupied with their own specialty, without any dabbling in the jargon of the medical sciences. But if modern standards force them to learn the special language of pathologists, then, at least, instruction in this line should be accurate and down to date. This book falls short in both of these requirements. Beginning as a sort of amplified dictionary, it becomes a potpourri of pathologic descriptions, symptoms, treatment and admonitory advice. For example:

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