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There is always a good reason why some books become popular and require a number of editions at frequent intervals. In this case the reason is evident. This book on surgical nursing is everything a textbook on this subject should be. In clear and simple language it covers the entire field of surgery briefly but adequately enough to give the student nurse an ample insight into the subject. In addition there are clear, concise descriptions not only of what to do and how to carry out each procedure but also why it should be carried out in a certain way. For this reason there are sections on anatomy, physiology and microbiology as applied to the surgical principles involved in nursing care. The book is accurate and abreast of the times. It includes discussions of the Wangensteen suction apparatus, the use of the Miller-Abbott tube, chemotherapy and the newer drugs and
Surgical Nursing. JAMA. 1941;116(5):450. doi:10.1001/jama.1941.02820050094036