November 1967

Ward Procedures and Techniques.

Author Affiliations

Kansas City, Mo


By Philip Cooper, MD. Price, $6.75. Pp 303, with numerous illustrations. Appleton-Century-Crofts, Division of Meredith Publishing Co., 440 Park Ave, S, New York 10016, 1967.

Arch Intern Med. 1967;120(5):638-639. doi:10.1001/archinte.1967.00300040122029

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It is not easy to evaluate a publication of this kind. It is described by its author as a "compendium" of ward procedures and techniques. It covers such a variety of topics that you are forced to conclude, contrary to the implications in the preface, that it is not likely that hospital physicians will undertake to master some of the procedures described, by relying on the advice of the book rather than seeking the help of experienced colleagues. I believe that the book would serve a more useful purpose if it were used as a guide for the onlooker rather than as a blueprint for someone about to undertake a particular new procedure. Because of the simple, straightforward, and lucid style supported by numerous illustrations, the subject matter is presented in a manner that will permit facile comprehension by nursing students and nurses, as well as the intended audience of

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