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July 10, 1909


JAMA. 1909;LIII(2):121-122. doi:10.1001/jama.1909.02550020033008

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In addressing the graduates of a hospital training school a physician recently departed a little from the usual line of eulogistic remarks about the beneficent and important functions of the trained nurse, and offered some suggestions which are worthy of consideration. The fees of the trained nurse, he said, have been pretty solidly established at a figure that, while within the reach of the well-to-do, is so high as to be almost prohibitive to the great middle class. The very rich can take care of themselves; the very poor are well provided for through various organizations; but the great class of persons whose incomes are not much more than sufficient for their necessary expenses in the style of life which they have to maintain, can not bear, for any length of time at least, the expense of a trained hospital nurse. In such cases the attending physician often has to

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