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May 1953

The Public Health Nurse and Her Patient.

AMA Am J Dis Child. 1953;85(5):631. doi:10.1001/archpedi.1953.02050070646013

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For 11 years this book has held its place as a "must" on any bibliography for nurses. In revising it, Ruth Gilbert has enriched her original theme by incorporating new growth and new trends in both nursing and mental hygiene. With her background of training and experience in both public health nursing and psychiatric social work, the author is particularly well equipped to bring this material to print.

If a word may be used to characterize the book as a whole, integrating seems to be that word. From first to last the reader is aware of a skillful process which weaves the thread of mental hygiene into the fabric from which public health nursing is fashioned. Like the threads from other disciplines long since drawn upon to make the nursing profession stronger and more serviceable, mental hygiene, as such, loses its identity.

The book highlights the force and meaning of

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