[Skip to Content]
[Skip to Content Landing]
October 12, 1901


JAMA. 1901;XXXVII(15):982. doi:10.1001/jama.1901.02470410034006

This article is only available in the PDF format. Download the PDF to view the article, as well as its associated figures and tables.


Dr. Malcolm Morris used to call the trained nurse a parasite upon the medical profession. The usual idea conveyed by this term is hardly the one he intended. What he meant was that her position is, what she sometimes forgets, a purely ancillary one and that her useful existence is dependent upon the medical profession. It is hard, however, for any of us to be duly humble; the trained nurse is as liable to have her conceit enlarged as anyone, and, under the adulation she receives, perhaps more than some. A very useful class of persons as a whole may, therefore, produce specimens that remind one of the objectionable kind of parasites that bite their hosts and benefactors. One is reminded of this by a recent address given before a nurses' convention, in which the speaker, a hospital head nurse or superintendent, after reviewing some well-known defects of political hospital

First Page Preview View Large
First page PDF preview
First page PDF preview