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July 6, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(1):33. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470270039013

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The trained nurse is a much belauded personage, especially in her graduation addresses, but she also comes in for her share of criticism. Dr. Malcolm Morris and others find her often conceited and too unconscious of the due subordination she owes to the medical profession, of which she is a sort of useful parasite. Others have criticised also, but in a recent issue of a lay journal we find even her merits, from a physician's point of view, are taken exception to by those who endure her ministrations. It objects to her noiseless efficiency, her conscientious regularity, her simulated amiability, her mechanical perfection in the performance of duties; her emotional impassibility, it says, spoils all the pleasures of illness; the patient can make no appeal to her sympathy and she only aggravates his irritability. What the average inexperienced male "who wants to enjoy the pleasures of illness," desires, the newspaper

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