This book is written by a noted surgeon and teacher of surgery, in collaboration with an experienced surgical supervisor and teacher of surgical nursing. Believing that the more the nurse knows about surgery, the aims of the surgeon and what has been done in the operating room, the better will she be able to care for the surgical patient, the authors' chief purpose in writing the book is to furnish this background of surgical information. This they accomplish unusually well. The material is up to date and well presented. It is arranged in fourteen units which adequately cover the field of general surgery and all the surgical specialties (several chapters are contributed by colleagues). The specific nursing care of each condition is described carefully, so that the nurse is fully aware of her exact duties in every situation.
The book is written in clear, simple language. It is concise and