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July 13, 1918

Principles of Surgical Nursing. A Guide to Modern Surgical Technic.

JAMA. 1918;71(2):144. doi:10.1001/jama.1918.02600280066027

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The author has attempted to impart briefly the essential, basic principles of surgical nursing, relying largely on illustrations to aid the concise statements in the text. The work is divided into nineteen chapters, beginning with the preparation of a room and its equipment in a private house, taking up the preparation of the patient, the duties of the nurse before, during and after operation, anesthesia, the preparation of materials, the surgeon's kit, catheterization, the operation for appendicitis, and various hospital methods. The book throughout is rational and follows generally accepted procedure. An excellent table appears on page 135, giving common postoperative complications and their usual sequence. This should be of great service to the nurse in putting her on guard against these conditions. There are in all 255 illustrations, which are distributed over 267 pages, a veritable motion picture method of instruction, and one which is intensely practical. The chapter

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