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September 8, 1888

A SYSTEM OF FREE NURSING AS ORGANIZED IN PHILADELPHIA.Read in the Section on Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Thirty-ninth Annual Meeting of the American Medical Association, Cincinnati, May, 1888.

JAMA. 1888;XI(10):340. doi:10.1001/jama.1888.02400620016001d

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I desire to call the attention of this Association to this system of free nursing because I regard it as a most valuable factor in the proper treatment of the sick poor; as a necessary lesson to the lower classes in cleanliness and the care of the sick; as the most efficient aid to the surgeon in non-paying practice, and because I hope that the idea suggested may prove to be of practical benefit to the profession in cities and towns not blessed with suitable institutions for the proper care of the sick poor.

The Visiting Nurse Society, of Philadelphia, was organized a little over two years ago by a few charitable ladies of this city for the purpose, as their charter reads, "of furnishing visiting nurses to those unable to secure skilled attendance in time of illness, to teach cleanliness and the proper care of the sick." It is

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