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This textbook is designed primarily to help the student nurse acquire fundamental facts, principles and attitudes which will aid her in solving problems that she will meet while learning to understand and care for persons with orthopedic disabilities.
A basic tenet in the philosophy of the authors is that the sick person, in this case one orthopedically handicapped, is a person who must be treated as a whole. This is a desirable concept applicable to every phase of nursing education. Also stressed to properly implement the needs of a patient other than those of immediate medical care is the importance of an understanding and appreciation of interprofessional and interagency services. Not to be overlooked in the training of student nurses is the all important fact that on the earnest endeavors of the patient himself depends to a large degree his physical, psychosocial and vocational rehabilitation.
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Orthopaedic Nursing. JAMA. 1951;145(17):1390. doi:10.1001/jama.1951.02920350084040
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