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November 30, 1940

The Public Health Nurse and Her Patient

JAMA. 1940;115(22):1913. doi:10.1001/jama.1940.02810480077036

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This book is of interest primarily to nurses engaged in public health nursing. It is a study of the nurse's mental attitude and the philosophy of her work as it involves her relationship with patients, other nurses and co-workers. Originally entitled "Mental Hygiene in Public Health Nursing," it deals with situations which confront the nurse in her work. It contains chapters on nurses' attitudes, patients' attitudes, physical defects and injuries, mental defects and disease, the building of relationships, the nurse and her group, the nurse and the maternity patient, the child in his family and nursing problems related thereto, and familiar training situations relating to the training of the infant. A chapter is devoted to interagency relationships. Except for casual references there is no adequate discussion of the relationship of the public health nurse to the practicing physician, although this constitutes one of the most important and frequently disastrous relationships,

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