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November 1940

The Hospital Care of Neurosurgical Patients.

Arch Intern Med (Chic). 1940;66(5):1190. doi:10.1001/archinte.1940.00190170181014

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Neurosurgeons are apt to have an almost ritualistic regard for detail in connection with the nursing of their patients. This is fitting; patients who have undergone neurosurgical operations are distinctly more ill than those in the general surgical service.

This monograph is designed to acquaint the nursing staff and the junior intern with the essentials of ward management of such patients. Preoperative and postoperative care, dressings, technics of the various diagnostic procedures and the objectives of the major surgical projects are dealt with. The author consistently keeps his audience in mind, and the studied simplicity of the presentation will be welcomed by those first approaching a field in which there still seems to be so much "black magic."

One difficulty is that although neurosurgeons feel very strongly about the various measures in management, there is little agreement among them. Any attempt at standardization seems a little ambitious. Hence we recommend

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