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Book and Media Reviews
November 28, 2007

Nursing Care of the Pediatric Neurosurgery Patient

Author Affiliations

Book and Media Reviews Section Editor: John L. Zeller, MD, PhD, Contributing Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(20):2422-2427. doi:10.1001/jama.298.20.2422

This book on pediatric neurosurgical nursing was authored by a group of pediatric neurosurgical nurses and practitioners who had long asked why such a work had not been previously published. Accordingly, a group of dedicated individuals have assembled this book with the hope of enlightening all clinicians on aspects of pediatric neurosurgical nursing.

However, the title is rather misleading, as this book encompasses much more than just a discussion of nursing issues. In a thorough and systematic fashion, the editors have laid out a very broad range of nursing, intraoperative, and postoperative issues that deal with pediatric neurosurgery. Each of the subjects and topics reviewed entails a discussion about nursing issues at the bedside, in the operating room, and during postoperative recovery. Where appropriate, images such as radiological studies and anatomical diagrams are added to educate and highlight important points. Excellent tables are provided to illustrate various issues and to summarize significant points. In most cases, the chapter discussion ends with the addition of “pearls” deemed of clinical importance.