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The selection of a field in which you shall labor is not an easy task, so I may be pardoned for suggesting one. It is a field in which neither your age nor your bachelorhood will be objectionable; and it is one in which the laity will be glad to assist you. It is also one in which both branches of the class can take an active part for I believe all of you desire to benefit mankind.
The field I propose for you is, so far as I am aware, a new one, but none the less wide and useful. It is that of organizing a training school for nursery-maids —that portion of our home-guard which manages your patients during the periods of greatest sickness and mortality: infancy and early childhood.
That the management of children in general is wrong, unreasonable and unnatural is evident to any one who
ADAMS SS. THE SYSTEMATIC TRAINING OF NURSERY-MAIDS. Abstract of the Third Annual Address to the Graduating Class of the Medical and Dental Departments of the National University, Washington, D. C. JAMA. 1887;IX(5):129–131. doi:10.1001/jama.1887.02400040001001
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