This short nursing encyclopedia is a cross between a nursing dictionary and a nursing textbook. The material, while abbreviated, covers a wide field and has been selected for practicability. It has been condensed for maximum usefulness. Various diseases, surgical and medical conditions, diagnoses, treatment, diet, abbreviations, apothecary systems and great names have all been included. The more common conditions, such as appendicitis, are naturally given more attention than miners' nystagmus, for which a sentence or two suffices. Timely new drugs, such as sulfanilamide, are discussed. The doses suggested for sulfanilamide would be considered totally inadequate in American hospital practice. Well indexed, this book has a real place on the reference shelf of a hospital library.