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May 30, 1908


JAMA. 1908;L(22):1774-1777. doi:10.1001/jama.1908.25310480012001c

In January, 1907, I visited the Stirling Asylum at Larbert, Scotland, in order to see the system of nursing which has been gradually worked out there by the superintendent,1 Dr. George M. Robertson.

On my arrival I was given the keys of the institution and during the week of my stay I went in and out of all the wards freely at whatever hours I chose. In every respect I was given the fullest opportunity to judge of the quality of the service.

For some years the reports of the General Board of Lunacy for Scotland have shown an increasing employment of women attendants for men patients in the Scotch institutions, a practice widely followed in the United States as well. In addition to this feature, though dependent on it, is the original organization of the entire nursing staff, or, more strictly, of all the employés who come in