This book is an eloquent expression of the growing recognition of the important role played by the public health nurse in the field of mental health. Based on the principle that physical and emotional well-being cannot be separated, it emphasizes the need for the public health nurse to have a basic understanding of the meaning of behavior and the nature of interpersonal relations.
Case histories are used to illustrate a wide variety of situations and problems faced by nurses in the course of their work. The chapter outlining basic human needs provides an excellent background against which each of these cases can be examined. Individual patterns of growth and development, the impact of illness on the rest of the family, attitudes and feelings, problems in communication with patients, and inter-agency relationships are only a few of the many concepts presented for discussion in the thoughtful choice of material.