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Four Responsibilities of the Tuberculosis Nurse, Circa 1919


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Marilyn Givens King, School of Nursing, Kennesaw State University, Kennesaw, GA 30144. E-mail:


Specialization in public health nursing practice was beginning to occur early in the 20th century. In a 1919 paper published in The Public Health Nurse, Mary Van Zile argued that there were four essential functions of the tuberculosis nurse. Later that year, Janet Scott reported on the results of a partnership between the tuberculosis dispensary, the Lions Club, and other Oklahoma City community organizations, which illustrated the application of Van Zile's principles, and the expanding scope of public health nursing practice.