EDITORIAL COMMENT

1903 The American Journal of Nursing  
in her two papers in which she deals with the little things in nursing that make for failure or success, has shown commendable cour¬ age in attacking u subject that is more often discussed by the public than by nurses with' one another. Ever}* word that Miss Davidson has written is true, and coming from one of our own members we may look for the cause without feeling that irritation and'annoyance that is naturally aroused when our faults are pointed out to us bv someoue outside of the family.
more » ... de of the family. We reprint in the " Miscellany" a paper entitled " The Question of the Hour" by Miss Margaret Brcay, one of the editorial stair of the British Journal of Nursing, who writes upon the defects in the home education of girls, as bearing upon the training of nurses. We think the deficiencies that Miss Davidson criti¬ cises are more the faults of character than of training, combined with the defects in the education of girls which Miss Brcay makes so plain. Such conditions prevail quite as generally among certain classes in America as in England. The great middle class, which gives to the country the men who make the "backbone of the nation," turns out rather a poorly educated type of women from which to make nurses, and it is from this class that nurses are very largely drawn. Some wise man has said, " Give me the training of a boy until he is ten, and after that the world may have him.? Xo woman of experience in the work will contest our assertion that the char¬ acter of the woman is formed before she enters the training-school. Those moral qualities upon which depend hnbits of truth, sincerity, stability of purpose, of un¬ selfishness, and consideration and thoughtfulness for others that arc to go with the girl through life have been instilled into the very fibre of her being before she leaves the common school, and in just the proportion that there has-been fixed a
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