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January 6, 1984

Operating Room Nursing: The Perioperative Role

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Colorado Springs, Colo

JAMA. 1984;251(1):92. doi:10.1001/jama.1984.03340250068029

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This is a well-organized and comprehensive book on operating room (OR) nursing. History buffs will enjoy the detailed descriptions and photographs of the evolution of surgery. Almost every chapter begins with a pertinent historical review, such as the development of anesthesia.

While this book will find its largest audience in student nurses and practicing OR nurses, it would be worthwhile for surgeons and anesthesiologists to read, particularly the chapter describing the perioperative role. Physicians and nurses work in a close colleagial relationship in the OR, dependent on each other for a successful and rewarding professional practice. Yet, few physicians or nurses really understand each other's professional expectations. This book clearly defines the professional practice of OR nursing. Physicians who support and encourage such professionalism will certainly gain respect from their nursing colleagues.

A great deal of attention has been devoted to the format of this book. Topics follow in logical