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Mail Tribune 100, Aug. 10, 1918

The following news items were drawn from the archives of the Mail Tribune 100 years ago.

Aug. 10, 1918

FORTY VISITS BY PUBLIC NURSE TO SICK PEOPLE

Nursing visits are made for demonstrative purposes to show how properly to give bedside nursing to the sick in the home.

Instructive visits are made for the purpose of teaching the proper diet and preparation of it for the sick; to teach measures to be taken in order to prevent the spread of communicable or “catching” diseases.

Infant welfare visits are made to help the mother to give the proper care in every detail, to the well child from birth to school age. Suggestions and literature are given along the lines of nourishment, proper clothing, bathing, ventilation, etc., also preventative measures given for babies’ troubles such as colic, diarrhea and so on.

Visits made to homes of school children to advise as to essentials for the growing child; also to encourage parents to seek medical advice in cases of physical defects.

Other visits include visits to doctors or other agents concerning patients or the work; these visit also include investigation of outside toilets. Instructions are given as to care and cleanliness of these buildings. Many of these buildings are not built properly; do not have ventilation opening and if they have are not screened from flies. Much can be done in this direction. This work is done in homes of people of all classes.

Surely no one will say this is not a war work.

Many of the physical defects which caused the rejection of one-third of the men coming up for examination in the first draft are believed to date from some slight trouble neglected in early childhood.

President Wilson approves the plans for this “Children’s Year.” He says, “Next to doing everything possible for the soldier at the front, there could be no more patriotic duty than that of protecting the children who constitute one-third of our population.”

Any one desiring to consult the nurse can do so on Saturday mornings, 8:30 to 12 noon at the office in the Sparta building, Medford. Phone during the day, 456; residence phone 689-R.

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