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October 7, 1905

A Reference Handbook for Nurses.

JAMA. 1905;XLV(15):1103-1104. doi:10.1001/jama.1905.02510150067029

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The notes taken by a student while in school or college may be invaluable to him but of little use to anyone else, and the same rule applies to the notes taken by a probationer or undergraduate nurse while in the hospital training school. It has been said that well trained nurses never diagnose and never prescribe, but Miss Beck's book implies that they do both. It contains a chapter on "Miscellaneous Formulæ" in which the first formula given is for "Semmola's mixture" "to eliminate the kidneys." We trust that Miss Beck seldom finds it necessary to eliminate these useful organs. Many of the formulas given are practical and should be helpful in preparing the various "stock solutions" of disinfectants. We thought that the onion poultice mentioned on page 47 was a thing of the past. The chapters on general nursing are good, and that on diet is perhaps the

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