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November 3, 1883


JAMA. 1883;I(17):515-516. doi:10.1001/jama.1883.02390170023009

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Editor of Journal of the American Medical Association:  Country towns and villages are destitute of trained nurses. It is with the greatest difficulty that one can be obtained for any consideration. Almost every village has one or two self-styled nurses, who are usually stupid, ignorant, and devoid of every qualification which would make them useful in the sickroom. It is difficult to conceive of a class of persons whose services in a community are better appreciated than a well-trained and efficient nurse.It is not easy, and perhaps impossible, for physicians in rural districts to educate nurses, or at least to give them that kind of education which is required for a good nurse. We will have to look to training schools for them. Their services will be remunerated as well, and possibly better, than the district school teacher, while the position is not more exacting, nor the duties more

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