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May 18, 1957

Orthopaedic Nursing

JAMA. 1957;164(3):352. doi:10.1001/jama.1957.02980030128038

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This book contains much information which should be of interest and help to the nurse who wishes to become proficient in the care of orthopedic patients. A large portion of it deals with the care of crippled children. There are great differences between the orthopedic hospital wards in England and those in the United States. In the 1920's our orthopedic hospitals were filled with patients with tuberculosis of the bones and joints and chronic osteomyelitis with multiple draining sinuses. In the United States we now rarely see a patient with bone and joint tuberculosis and still fewer patients with multiple foci of osteomyelitis. Our orthopedic nurses would be startled to see the chapters in this textbook dealing with tuberculosis of the bones and joints.

The chapter on plaster-of-paris technique, including the daily nursing care of patients who are in plaster casts, is excellent. The emphasis placed on nurse-applied physiotherapy for

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