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January 9, 1960

The History of Nursing: An Interpretation of the Social and Medical Factors Involved

JAMA. 1960;172(2):205. doi:10.1001/jama.1960.03020020085029

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This book should prove of great value to persons interested in the education of nurses, as well as to student nurses themselves. The author traces the various stages of nursing from its early or primitive period to the present. He shows the interrelationship between medicine and nursing and discusses the social and scientific background of nursing. The material is well organized and has good continuity. Perhaps more information should have been included concerning modern trends; many new fields are now open, whereas during earlier periods nurses were principally engaged in bedside nursing. One other matter which might have been mentioned is the attempt being made by unions to organize this profession.

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