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Will be discussed where there is artificial feeding. A d v i c e will be given about immunization p r o g r a m m e s , and it will be pointed out that this can be carried out by the general practitioner or at the local authority clinics. T h e health visitor must be able to discuss with the m o t h e r w h y these procedures are necessary and the advisability of completing the course. Dentition, as it o c c u r s , will be a subject for discussion with the mother and advice given in the care of the teeth.

Seating arrangements should supply comfort, and give an impression of equality and friendliness. This can be achieved in the most unsatisfactory of offices. If the office is shared, important interviews should b e arranged elsewhere or w h e n colleagues are out. S o m e t i m e s , as in the case of an unmarried working mother, or a man, an evening interview appointment is essential. Note-taking W h e r e a s any client would u n d e r s t a n d the necessity in some cases for occasional notes to be taken, the practice of note-taking during the interview should be r e d u c e d to an absolute minimum and w h e r e v e r possible dispensed with altogether.

O t h e r groups coming high in the list of priorities requiring supervision are the expectant mother, the incomplete family, the mentally disordered, the handicapped, the inadequate family and the elderly. She also has scope for health education with those in the middle years and she is brought more closely in contact with this group w h e r e she is attached to the general practitioner. This pattern is spreading throughout the country and the health visitor is therefore able to b r o a d e n her function.

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