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June 6, 1959

Long-Term Illness: Management of the Chronically Ill Patient

JAMA. 1959;170(6):755-756. doi:10.1001/jama.1959.03010060123037

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This volume stresses management, first in a general and then in a specific way. The expression "long-term illness" has been substituted for chronic illness without the realization that the two terms may not be synonymous. The phrase fits in well, however, with the modern concept of hospitalization which has the patients flowing into the sections of the hospital which can best serve their needs. The book is well organized and presents timely information for the practitioner who is still a student. This is especially true in the discussion of the psychological problem of and nursing procedures in the care of the chronically ill. The considerations taken up in this section are basic to the management of the specific diseases discussed in part two. In this part the management of most long-term illnesses is discussed specifically. In some areas of this section the treatment suggested seems to proceed almost too quickly

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