Publisher Information: Philadelphia: F. A. Davis, 1940.
Bennett, Abram Elting (1898-1985) and Avis B. Purdy. Psychiatric nursing technic. 172pp. Text illustrations. Philadelphia: F. A. Davis, 1940. 216 x 145 mm. Original cloth, a bit soiled, minor wear to extremities. Very good. Presentation Copy, inscribed by both authors to Dr. Elvin B. Semrad (1909-76) on the front free endpaper: “Aug. 21, 1941—To Dr. E. Semrad—former associate with kindest regards—A. E. Bennett. With best wishes for your future—Avis B. Purdy.” Stamp of Susan Semrad on front free endpaper.
First Edition. “In the actual treatment of mental illness, the nurse and attendant often play a great part . . . With these thoughts in mind, we have formulated certain rules and described various ward procedures in common use in every modern psychiatric hospital in order to guide the newcomer in scientific psychiatric nursing” (p. 7). Bennett, an American psychiatrist, is best known for his work on electroconvulsive therapy; he introduced the use of curare to prevent fractures and other adverse effects caused by shock treatments. The recipient of this copy, Dr. Elvin Semrad, was an American psychoanalyst who rose to become the Harvard Professor of Psychiatry at the Massachusetts Mental Health Center; he was described by a former colleague as “among the most influential and beloved teachers of psychotherapy in his generation” (Good, p. 183). Garrison-Morton.com 13073. M. Good, Elvin V. Semrad (1909-1976): Experiencing the heart and core of psychotherapy training,” American Journal of Psychotherapy 63 (2009): 183-205.Book Id: 46107