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May 16, 1953

Surgery for Nurses.

JAMA. 1953;152(3):290. doi:10.1001/jama.1953.03690030090033

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Many sections of this volume have been rewritten, and a chapter on the nurse and surgical diagnosis has been added. The principal changes are in the sections on anesthesia, antibiotics, burns, radiotherapy, and gastric, thoracic, cerebral, and ophthalmic surgery. More than 50 new illustrations have been added. The book covers a broad complex group of subjects, and the material is concise and factual. Since the material is based on the syllabus of the General Nursing Council for England and Wales, it is assumed that student nurses in those countries are receiving adequate information on surgery. Nursing aspects of surgery are referred to briefly, although little attention is given to explaining their relationship to the emotional, physiological, and sociologic status of the patient. The author may have intended to present only facts, without considering relationships. Use of this book should, therefore, be guided by the knowledge that supplementary reading material and

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