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April 19, 1902


JAMA. 1902;XXXVIII(16):1011. doi:10.1001/jama.1902.02480160033008

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The industry of nursing is apparently a captivating one to young women, but it has its drawbacks. It appears that the future nurse must be a celibate. There is said to be a decided tendency among hospital physicians and matrons in London at the present time to discourage the offers of services on the part of engaged young women or those who are likely to include matrimony in their life plans. It is also said that some are suspected of utilizing their opportunities to inveigle medical men and those prospectively such into pedotrophic partnerships, the nursing course being only a means to the end. It seems a pity that those who are as well suited to make and adorn a home for a deserving man, as are many of the nursing profession, should be debarred from the privilege, the more so when we consider how well adapted their training will

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