If it were not for the three chapters pertaining to the duties of the operating room nurses, the various surgical procedures nurses should know and the diets for surgical patients, the remaining twenty-eight chapters might well be called an abbreviated textbook of surgery. This purpose the book fulfils with unusual completeness. It covers general and special surgery briefly but accurately, including the genito-urinary system and gynecologic surgery as well as the surgery of bones and joints. The book is well written in a clear, simple style. It is excellently and abundantly illustrated. With a change of title to Textbook of Surgery for Nurses, it may well be recommended for the purpose intended.