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In the period since the second great war of my time was officially declared at an end, nursing has shared with medicine mighty revolutions. Both professions are caught up in powerful forces which, willy-nilly and I think more willy than nilly, are producing changes so radical as to come near putting an entire new face on both. The extension and sophistication of clinical knowledge, the development of a host of expensive diagnostic equipments and techniques, the availability of new and powerful drugs, the population explosion, the Negro problem, the expansion of hospitals, the inordinate demands put on physicians, nurses, and hospitals by the insistent come hither of those who look upon medical insurance as prepayment for something which one should get, rather than shared risk of something one should avoid, and many other forces vie for attention.
The radical change that has occurred in the function of the trained nurse
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