While most textbooks on surgical nursing are essentially abbreviated works on general surgery, it is not so in this case. This excellent and practical book was written for nurses by a nurse with wide experience in surgical and operating room nursing and teaching and is now in its third edition. The text provides only such information about surgical conditions and operations as nurses ought to have to give the patient intelligent care. In the twenty chapters little is said of etiology and nothing of diagnosis, but a great deal of the things which surgical nurses have to know and have to do. The material is presented in clear, simple style. It is illustrated well and abundantly with excellent photographs and line drawings.