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October 1940

Care of Poliomyelitis.

Am J Dis Child. 1940;60(4):1007-1008. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1940.02000040226027

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If one reads "between the lines," the epic fight made by the Chicago Visiting Nurses Association against infantile paralysis is incorporated in this valuable book by Jessie L. Stevenson.

The author was in charge of the Visiting Nurses Association's service for poliomyelitis for a number of years, and because of her intensely practical experience a printed record of her knowledge is valuable. Problems are clearly presented from the nursing standpoint and include discussions of the various phases of convalescent care in infantile paralysis. Illustrations are provided wherever the text needs amplification and in particular to demonstrate many features peculiar to poliomyelitis.

Perhaps no part of the book is so valuable as the appendix which describes the making of splints. The exquisitely simple but ingenious splints which are shown have been proved efficient again and again. The general practitioner of medicine could find excellent use for these temporary splints. No general

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