PASTIMES FOR THE PATIENT by Marguerite Ickie

PASTIMES FOR THE PATIENT

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KIRKUS REVIEW

This seems unusually successful; despite the broad coverage, there is no sense of superficiality, and each subject is handled competently, with adequate information as to tools and equipment, and -- where design is involved -- enough suggestion as to design to stimulate imagination to go farther. The how-to-do aspects are concisely stated, with the necessary photographic or diagrammed illustrations. Crafts -- hobbies -- entertainments are all considered as ""pastimes for the patient"". Window gardening, astronomy from a bed, bird watching, weather study, -- all rather novel in a book of this kind. Among the crafts, chip carving (this I thought especially well done) --leatherwork, , photography. Music was a surprising inclusion, and I was interested in the ideas for making home instruments. Finger painting, weaving (a bit elaborate, for patients in bed, as developed), fly-making, things to do with coins, scrap books, carving, work with clay, with ropes, hooked rugs, games and puzzles. Miss Ickis has tested out much of this material with hospitalized soldiers -- and successfully so.

Publisher: Barnes