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January 10, 1959

The Family Handbook of Home Nursing and Medical Care

JAMA. 1959;169(2):197. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03000190099025

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A mine of valuable information, this volume is one of the more readable popular treatises on what one can do at home both to prevent and to care for illness. The authors emphasize the need for medical care and in great detail point out how to know when some member of the family needs a physician's services, how to locate a suitable physician, what to expect from the physician, and what the physician expects from both the patient and his family. Recognizing that most illnesses are cared for at home for all or part of their duration, the authors place special emphasis on the peculiar needs of each age group. An alphabetized appendix briefly describes home nursing techniques needed in the care of both bedridden and partially ambulant patients, suggests ways to make the nursing duties less exhausting, and indicates procedures on which the home nurse should receive instruction from

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