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January 21, 1956

The Principles and Practice of Surgical Nursing

JAMA. 1956;160(3):247. doi:10.1001/jama.1956.02960380095030

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This book was written to provide the nurse with a basis of understanding the "why" of the procedures she is to perform and to provide sufficient information for her to pass her examination. Any author who has attempted to write a general textbook of this type realizes the Herculean task it entails. Reasonable dogma must be used to impress on the student as many conditions and methods as possible. The hypercritical practitioner might disagree with a point here and there, but these points are generally minor. This book is well organized and interestingly written. It can be recommended both as a reference book and as a textbook.

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