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Unpublished lectures from Farrar's course on psychiatric nursing at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital, accompanied by dedicated work on nursing from former student Sara E. Parsons]
1909-1910, Baltimore 1909 - Twelve typescript lectures, averaging 10 pages each; comprising 130 total pages. Introduced by collective title page ("Tuesday talks for juniors"), dated "October 1909–." Each lecture distinctly foliated and fastened with contemporary paper clips, with minor offsetting. With a handful of annotations to text, both manuscript and typescript. The lectures are accompanied by a presentation copy of NURSING PROBLEMS AND OBLIGATIONS by Sara E. Parsons. Boston: Whitcomb & Barrows, 1916. Purple cloth boards, with gilt lettering to front panel and spine. Contents: xi, [5], 149, [1] pages. With Farrar's bookplate affixed to front endpaper and presentation inscription from Parsons to front pastedown. // "To be a good nurse is first of all to be a good woman." Before becoming the long-time editor of the AMERICAN JOURNAL OF PSYCHIATRY, Clarence B. Farrar accepted a position in 1904 as Assistant Physician and Director of Laboratories at the Sheppard and Enoch Pratt Hospital in Baltimore, where he was also an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Johns Hopkins. He was just returning from two years in Heidelberg, where he studied with Emil Kraepelin, Franz Nissl, and Alois Alzheimer. A year after his arrival in Baltimore, the Sheppard-Pratt would become one of the first institutions to develop a psychiatric nursing program. In its inaugural two-year curriculum, Farrar is listed as delivering a lecture to the junior class entitled "Observations of symptoms" and a senior lecture on Psychology. With the present set of general lectures for 1909 and 1910—entitled "Tuesday talks for juniors"—Farrar emphasized the significance of the nurse's role within the psychiatric institution: "In many cases, it is chiefly the nurse who has been instrumental in doing good, rather than the doctor; the nurse is constantly by the patient’s side and the one towards whom the patient is most likely to turn, so that the nurse, then, is very often chiefly responsible for the patient’s recovery." These pioneering lectures include references to psychiatric history and theory, patient management strategies, case studies, "family skeletons," and a handful of references to compassionate euthanasia. The first two lectures appear to be orphaned from the full 1909 set of lectures, while the remaining ten lectures comprise a complete course of lectures from the following year; given the overlap between these two sets, it's interesting to note how Farrar reshaped his materials. // These lectures are accompanied by a presentation copy of NURSING PROBLEMS AND OBLIGATIONS (1916) by Sara E. Parsons, who was then-Superintendent of the Training School for Nurses at Massachusetts General Hospital. Arriving in Baltimore at the same time as Farrar, Parsons had been hired by Dr. Edward Brush as the organizer for the nursing program. According to Farrar’s reminiscences: "[Brush] secured the best nurse available in the country to start this school." Parsons, it would seem, held Farrar in similar esteem. In her presentation inscription to this copy, she writes: "I waited as long as I could for your book on Ethics and finally did the best I could myself. Your ethics have influenced mine to such a degree that you ought to be interested in my book. Yours faithfully, Sara E." [Attributes: Signed Copy; Soft Cover]
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