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While Stillman Infirmary will never succeed in winning the reputation of a pleasure palace, the terrors of being sent up the river with a touch of grippe have greatly diminished since Miss Corbett has become its head nurse. Announcement of her appointment last fall to succeed Mrs. Brooks, who was retiring, caused no great stir, yet in less than a year her cheerfulness plus her precision have transformed the College hospital.
Like Dr. Bock, she has had to overcome a distrust in the student body, and like him has managed to perform her task capably. Her difficulties were increased by the state of flux in which the Hygiene Department has been since Dr. Bock's advent. Discontent with the Harvard health service as he found it, Dr. Bock, keeping the goal of better health constantly in mind, has never hesitated to change the means of reaching it. And one of his means has been the corps of nurses at Stillman, who are ready to effect what he decides upon.
It is a pleasure to see the way in which the additional ten dollars required of each student by the Hygiene Department is being spent. As distaste for the Department and Stillman decreases, however, more money will probably be demanded for further improvement. In taking note of this possibility, the University must realize that undergraduates are paying all they can. At the moment it is enough to realize that the nursing staff of the Infirmary under Miss Corbett's direction will treat each patient with warmth and understanding as well as with efficiency.
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